I love speaking to Dan... these days he's a lazy bastard only working part time, spending most all of his time past midnight writing. Still, he once told me that he's worked at over 30 jobs during his lifetime and in a half dozen businesses of his own, from drudge work in filthy factories to scrubbing toilets to drilling wells to selling real estate.
I understand Dan makes a claim to have been writing for many decades though it is my belief that he's only become serious about it in the last fifteen years or so. His writings have a tendency to make me cringe in their candor but I can't forget his stories - I suppose that's all we can hope for from any author.
I guess I should warn you that there is a darkness in Dan's stories that I hope isn't contagious. Yet, he is always searching for that happy ending that doesn't appear. He never learns. We're both guilty on that count, however.
Lila's Child chronicles the first year of the Lila Squad discussion group... an Internet list devoted to the works of Robert M. Pirsig. This discussion focuses upon his second novel, Lila: An Inquiry into Morals although his first book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Value is also discussed a great deal.