[MD] New Pirsig Article

John Carl ridgecoyote at gmail.com
Thu May 3 03:11:20 PDT 2018

Hi Arlo,

Hope you are doing well.  I've been fine.

Just wanted to comment on the article you post and say... pblllt.

I mean really.

   " In this article, I reexamine quality and rhetoric in Robert M. Pirsig’s
 *Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance* through Julia Kristeva’s
semiotic *chora*. To that end, I review three analyses of Pirsig’s novel,
reinscribe quality as a prediscursive experience of undifferentiated
wholeness, argue that regression back into Kristeva’s *chora* is one way to
recover this prediscursive experience, and hypothesize that the rhetoric of
*Zen* is an unstable discourse in which prediscursive energies from the
*chora* disrupt and realign the meanings of signifiers. I conclude by
generalizing my work beyond Pirsig’s novel to three concepts in rhetorical
scholarship. "

Reinscribe quality as a prediscursive experience of blah blah blah insert
more big words here, to describe rhetorical scholarship in three (count 'em
- THREE!) concepts??  Really???

I can't say exactly what Bob intended with his life, but THIS don't seem
right.  It don't seem right at all.


On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 12:19 PM, ARLO JAMES BENSINGER JR <ajb102 at psu.edu>

> Hi All,
> Not sure if this has already been mentioned here. Just saw a new article
> (well, 3 months new) published in the journal Philosophy and Rhetoric
> (Volume 50, Number 3, 2017).
> Quality, Rhetoric, and Choric Regression: Revisiting Zen and the Art of
> Motorcycle Maintenance
> Thomas Frentz
> https://muse.jhu.edu/article/666618
> If you're unable to access let me know (I never know what access is
> invisibly linked to my PSU login).
> Arlo
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