Zen and the Art of motorcycle maintenance is one of my favourite books. What motorcycles are to Pirsig, computers are to me. He spent hours tinkering on the motorcycle and I spent hours tinkering on the computer (as can be verified when I'm trying to work out why something on the network is slow). Pirsig demonstrates that motorcycle maintenance may be dull and tedious drudgery or an exciting and pleasurable pastime. It all depends on the inner attitude and peace of mind (or the lack of it).
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