"Mr. Pirsig died April 24 at his home in South Berwick, Maine. He was 88."
A freshman college writing course included reading and discussing "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainence". I found it to be an interesting book -- bit of shallow philosophy on "quality" and some good tales of riding motorcycle -- Harley vs BMW.
I also read his book "Lilah" ... it wasn't as good as Zen, but it wasn't terrible.
Anyway, he is gone ... and I note his passing. 88 is certainly not a bad age to live to.