The heading probably sounds weird, but I’ll explain. I had been re-reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and discovering how much I had missed the last time. Well, things were going along quite well until I got to where Pirsig talks about Phaedrus (sp) teaching quality. Phaedrus was, of course, himself before electroshock therapy. Phaedrus tried to explore quality, tried to deal with the horns of a dilemma on the subject (was quality objective or subjective) and then performed what I think is a slight of hand trick: he went from talking about quality as a value to quality as an aspect, not the same thing. I worried about that for a while, but then put the book down and went on to the Shakespeare plays. I don’t think I’ll go back to Pirsig anytime soon.
We sat under the plane tree in the patio outside the theater, reading and drinking coffee. It’s one of my favorite things to do at the festival. The plays were good and we enjoyed them very much. Later on, we went to the Niel Simon festival. The plays there are also excellent, but the seating sucked. For financial reasons, they had us sitting on stage, in meeting room type chairs, set up on risers. This was very uncomfortable and Patsy did not have a good view. I hope they don’t do that again next year, or if they do, have better seats.
That’s it for now.