Robert Pirsig Passes Away

Robert Pirsig, the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, has passed away. He was 88.

Robert M. Pirsig, whose “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” a dense and discursive novel of ideas, became an unlikely publishing phenomenon in the mid-1970s and a touchstone in the waning days of the counterculture, died on Monday at his home in South Berwick, Me. He was 88.