I am about 80 pages into Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It is not at all what I expected. I was expecting something much more analytical and less of a narrative. Ironically the dichotomy of analytics vs beauty (form vs function, science vs art, etc) is a large part of what the book is about so far.
This book was written in 1974 and it talks about how fast things change as a result of technology. That is enough to make me stop and think for a while. In 1974 most people only interacted with technology that someone who was mechanically inclined could fix. Now we carry around technology in our pockets that almost no single individual really understands. 30 years from now we will refer to 2006 as a simpler time, back when things were slower and more accessible.
At the same time it is reassuring that things really haven’t changed that much since 1974. There are people who grok technology and there are people who don’t. Our quickening evolution is not leading to the extinction of technophobes.