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These 12 Photos were taken by Robert Pirsig’s very own camera, as he Chris, Sylvia and John made that 1968 epic voyage upon which Mr Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZMM) book was based. Taken in 1968 along what is now known as ‘‘The ZMM Book Route’‘ each photo scene is actually “Written-into” Mr. Pirsig’s book => Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZMM).

Author R. Pirsig Own 12 Photos of his 1968 ZMM Route Trip: Each Is Written Into His ZMM Book

Each of the 832 photographs in these Four Albums show a scene described in the book ‘‘Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.’‘ Each photo was especially researched and photographed along the ZMM Route to show a specific ZMM Book Travel Description Passage: This passage is shown in quote marks below the respective photo. As you look at each of these photos, you will be viewing scenes similar to those that author Pirsig, Chris, and the Sutherlands might have seen, on that epic voyage, upon which the book ‘‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’‘ was based. Thus it is, that these 832 photographs are An Illustrated Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Indeed ‘‘A Photo Show Book’‘ for ZMM.

My ZMM Route Research Findings, Are A Page-By-Page, Color Photo Illustrated ZMM.

These 165 photos show ‘‘Tourist Experiences’‘ the ZMM Traveler may have along the ZMM Route.

My ZMM Route Experience: By Henry Gurr ZMMQ Site Master

Photos of Faculty, Administrators, and Students who were at Montana State College ~ 1956-1960. These persons, especially Sarah Vinke, were faculty (or colleagues of) ZMM author Robert Pirsig, during his teaching (1959 – 1961), as Professor of English, at Montana State College, Bozeman MT.

1947-60: Photos of MSC Faculty & Sarah Vinke (Vinki Vinche Finche Finch)

Starting Monday 19 July 2004, Mark Richardson traveled the ZMM Route, on his trusty Jakie Blue motorcycle. Mark made these 59 interesting photographs of what he saw along the way. As he toured, he pondered his own life destiny (past present future), and sought to discover his own deeper personal meaning of the book ‘’Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’’

Mark Richardson’s 19 July 2004, ZMM Route Trip & Photo Journal

This album shows what I saw  on my return trip home (California to South Carolina), Summer 2002. These 55 photos were taken along the Route of the ‘49’s Gold Rush to California (In Reverse Direction). After I completed my ZMM Research, I came home by way of the Route of the ‘49’s. This route included the route of the California Gold Rush Trail in Nevada & California, as well as portions of the Oregon Trail all the way into Missouri." All this is shown in the above Album named ‘‘An Illustrated Robert Pirsig’s ZMM Book’

Henry Gurr’s Research Photos: California Trail & Oregon Trail

Each of these 28 photos are Full Circle Panorama Photos seven-feet-wide. They were taken along the Route Of the book ‘‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’‘. They show a 360 degree view, made by stitching together eight photos. These Panoramic Photos complement and add to those of my Photo Album above named  => ‘‘An Illustrated Robert Pirsig’s ZMM Book’‘.

ZMM Route Research PANORAMIC PHOTOS 7ft wide!

Each of these seven 360 degree  Full Circle Panoramic Photos were taken along the route of the Gold Rush ‘49’ers from Missouri to California. Each is 7 foot wide! These Panorama Photos complement and add to those of my Photo Album above named  => ‘‘My Photos: California Trail & Oregon Trail’‘

California Trail & Oregon Trail PANORAMIC PHOTOS 7ft wide!: Henry Gurr ZMM Return Trip

Enjoy 225 Photos of Flowers & Red Wing Blackbirds Along the ZMM Route. This Album of 225 Photos shows every Flower and Red Wing Blackbird (RWBB) that I could “get within my camera sights!!”  This was done in honor of the ZMM Narrator's emphasis of Flowers and Redwing Blackbirds in the book ‘‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.’‘ I was very surprised to find RWBB's the entire  route from Minneapolis to San Francisco.

In Honor of ZMM Narrator’s Emphasis: 225 Color Photos of ZMM Route Flowers & Red Wing Blackbirds

The former home (~1968) of John and Sylvia Sutherland (2649 South Colfax Ave)in Minneapolis shown in 18 photos. Despite John's statements in ZMM, which are quite disparaging about their home back in Minneapolis, this same house, shown in these photos, looks to us like a wonderful beautiful home along a very nice, quiet, shady street, in a perfectly fine Minneapolis Neighborhood!

John & Sylvia Sutherland of “The ZMM Book”: 18Pix Former Minneapolis Home>2649 South Colfax Ave

IThese 15 photos show persons & scenes, related to how we got this ZMMQ WebSite going. Included are "screen captures" of our software systems in use. A few of these photos show the screen views of what we were “looking at,” some including brief notes & hints on how to get around some of the problems we experienced.

Software We Use In Creating and Maintaining This ZMMQ WebSite: Illustrated & Explained

A 141 Photo Tour of Three University of South Carolina Aiken (USCA) Buildings: 1) Science Building, showing in addition a) Flowers & Exotic Plants In Greenhouse & b) The Rarely Seen Equipment Service Room & Dungeon, 2) Etherredge Performing Arts Center Lobby, & 3) Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, showing built in Educational Displays.

Site Master's Campus: Photos Three (of 32 total) Buildings, University of South Carolina Aiken

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Click & select among 11 Photo Albums: Scroll to 8th for Flowers+Redwing Blackbirds, along highways of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Welcome to ZMM Quality!

Teaching, Learning, and Exploring the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Here you will find photos, travel information, essays, and links a great many resources concerning the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZMM) by Robert Pirsig. This information has been collected through the collaborative efforts of many people. If you are one of those persons, Pirsig enthusiasts around the world thank you!

Explore this site and see what the efforts of so many Quality-minded people have accomplished!

Here is a link to an obituary of Robert Pirsig, including an excellent picture

At several points in the obituary are blue text hyperlinks which you, the reader, are very much encouraged to click on and follow!

The following lines, down until the link, are taken from the obituary which is a very well-done and comprehensive article.

“The book is not, as I think you now realize from your correspondence with other publishers, a marketing man’s dream,” the editor at William Morrow wrote in a congratulatory note before its 1974 publication.

He was wrong. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values” sold 50,000 copies in three months and more than 5 million in the decades since. The tome has been translated into at least 27 languages. A reviewer for the New Yorker likened its author to Herman Melville. Its popularity made Pirsig “probably the most widely read philosopher alive,” a British journalist wrote in 2006.

Pirsig, a perfectionist who published only one major work after “Zen” but inspired college classes, academic conferences and a legion of “Pirsig pilgrims” who retrace the anguished, cross-country motorcycle trip at the heart of his novel, died Monday at his home in South Berwick, Maine, the Associated Press confirmed. He was 88 and had been in failing health.


July 2013 Marks 45 Years Since Robert Pirsig’s Original 1968 Motorcycle Trek

In July 1968, the Monday after a July 4th weekend, Robert Pirsig and his son Chris set out on the motorcycle trek that the novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is based on. ZMMQuality will commemorate this 45th anniversary this July with a series of special features revisiting Pirsig’s original trip and the corresponding passages in the novel on our website and on our ZMMQuality Facebook page.

Photos from the MSU Chautauqua Honoring Robert Pirsig Posted on ZMMQ Facebook Page

Nine albums of photos from Montana State University’s Chautauqua Honoring Robert Pirsig held Dec 7-8, 2012 in Bozemann have finally been posted to the ZMMQuality Facebook page. Check them out here.

We’ve Moved! New Web Address

ZMMQuality is now on a new domain… venturearete.org. Please update your bookmarks and links with our new address: venturearete.org/ResearchProjects/ProfessorGurr/Main/HomePage

We also have a new short link to the website: http://bit.ly/zmmquality

Please excuse any kinks with the website while we work them out… feedback on the website is welcomed! (Contact below)

ZMMQuality is Now on Facebook!

Please “LIKE” ZMM Quality’s new Facebook page where we will be sharing plenty of information and pictures for the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle/Robert Pirsig enthusiast including pictures from the recent MSU Chautauqua honoring Robert Pirsig. https://www.facebook.com/zmmquality

If you are a beginner, one of your first visits should be the pages opened by the links directly below:

1) For a brief introduction to the contents of the ZMM Quality Website see ZMMQ Site For Beginners.
2) To view actual photos taken by Robert Pirsig on his epic trip across the American West—by far the most popular of the pages on the site—see Pirsig's 1968 Photos.

Below you will find a series of announcements regarding projects that focus on Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

.. and/or relate to topics covered in Pirsig’s book, which has come to be recognized as a classic philosophical novel in the same vein as Siddhartha, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Plague, and Moby-Dick. Many of the projects featured below, and others equally worthy of attention, are also covered on the ZMMQ News & News Archive page.

Recent Conference at Montana State University Honors Robert Pirsig

Montana State University in Bozeman, MT held a Chautauqua honoring Robert Pirsig December 7th-9th, 2012 featuring several speakers, including ZMM Quality’s own sitemaster Henry Gurr and the debut of Lee Glover’s Meridian documentary.
Much more is on the official Chautauqua website: http://www.montana.edu/pirsig/
MSU Chautauqua announcement in ZMM’s News Archives.
Photos of MSU Conference & more information at the ZMM Quality Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/zmmquality

Lee Glover’s Documentary Meridian Premieres Dec 8th at MSU Conference

Meridian, Lee Glover’s documentary movie marking forty years since Robert Pirsig’s original Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance trip from Minneapolis to San Francisco with his son Chris, premiered December 8th, 2012 at the MSU Chautauqua honoring Robert Pirsig in Bozeman, MT. A trailer for the film, including a short interview with ZMMQ site master Henry Gurr is available online.
See also the ZMMQ’s News Archive’s announcement re: Lee Glover’s “Meridian”.

2012 BBC Radio Dramatic Production of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Playwright Peter Flannery’s radio 2012 dramatization of Pirsig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” stars James Purefoy and was nominated for best BBC radio drama.
The official BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01k1ljh
The drama is available for sale online; Amazon.com’s website offers a 3-minute snippet of the drama.
For a review, see the ZMMQ News Archive here.

A Very Good Interview with Robert Pirsig, Possibly his Last.

This new interview, by Tim Adams, contains information not previously seen.
This new interview was posted by The Manchester (England) Guardian Observer Newspaper, Sunday November 19, 2006.

This interview also contains Tim Adams’s own summary and observations regarding his conversation with Robert Pirsig. An interesting list of "ZMM Facts" comes at the end of the article.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on the ZMM Quality Website and and/or in association with the Robert Pirsig Photographs are entirely those of the Site Master, Henry Gurr. The contents of the site have not been approved by the University of South Carolina Aiken.

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For additional information on the projects above, and for information on many other ZMM-related topics equally worthy of attention, click here to go to my ZMMQ News and News Archive Page:

Links to Additional Reading Related to the Above Material

ZMMQ Pages Containing Additional Historical Information:

1) Documents and Articles Concerning Sarah Vinke, Louis Vinke, and Robert Pirsig Found in the Archives at MSC/MSU and Tulane University

2) Photos of Faculty, Administrators, and Students at Montana State College: 1956-1960

3) “Books I’ve Enjoyed” by Sarah Jennings Vinke, with added commentary by Dennis Gary and Henry Gurr (Originally published, 1960, in the Montana Library Association Journal)

4) Commentary Regarding “Books I’ve Enjoyed” and Information About Viewing on the Internet
by Dennis Gary and Henry Gurr

5) Henry Gurr’s Montana State University Archives Page

6) Pirsig Memory “The Divine Sarah”

7) Vinke, Pirsig, and the Origins of “Quality” and MOQ

8) Shirley Luhrsen and Sarah Vinke: Letters to and from Bozeman

ZMMQ Pages by Dennis Gary, a Former Student of Dr. Sarah Vinke at MSC/MSU:

9) Archives Commentary and Connections to Memories of Sarah Vinke, Louis Vinke, Allan Kittell, and Robert Pirsig

10) The Sarah Vinke of My Student Days A Student’s Memories of “Mrs.” Professor Sarah Vinke

11) Following the Footsteps of My Mentor, Professor Sarah Vinke: My Life as an English Teacher, and Other Memories

12) Dennis Gary’s Values in Thought and Action: My Standards at School and in My Career

13) Memories of Deer Creek Mountain Ranch (an MSC Faculty Outing)

Pages on the Internet Devoted to Robert Pirsig:

14) Anthony McWatt's Robert Pirsig Site

15) Ian Glendenning’s Pirsig Pages on Psybertron

16) Gary Wegner’s Travelogue of Pirsig’s 1968 Motorcycle Trip

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