(September 6, 1928- )
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wrote 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' (1974) and 'Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals' (1991)
Proponent of the Metaphysics of Quality
Why he might be annoying
He flunked out of the University of Minneapolis.
He spent several years in and out of mental institutions, undergoing electroshock therapy (1960-63).
'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' was rejected by 121 publishers.
It took him 17 years to write a sequel.
He said he is disappointed that 'seriously thinking people' do not understand his ideas fully.
Why he might not be annoying
He scored 170 on an IQ test.
His son Chris was stabbed to death in a mugging (1979).
'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' became one of the all-time best-selling books of philosophy.
New Yorker critic George Steiner compared his writing to Dostoevsky, Proust and Henri Bergson.
Credit: C. Fishel
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In 2013, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
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In 2009, Out of 27 Votes: 59.26% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
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