Purchasing a PDF file (i.e. the MOQ Textbook, the Pirsig PhD or 'Alchemy at the Chalkface')? Please note there is usually a delay of a few hours between the time of purchase and the time the PDFs are sent out as e-mail attachments. The Pirsig Letters CD and video DVDs are sent out from the UK by first class post or airmail. If in the UK, expect a delivery time of about two to three days, if continental Europe, about a week, if outside Europe, two weeks. (If you require a quicker delivery time, please e-mail me: anthonymcwatt(at sign)hotmail.com )
The MOQ DVD Boxset
The MOQ DVD Boxset containing the "On The Road with Robert Pirsig", "The MOQ at Oxford" and the "On The Road with John Sutherland" DVDs. The set now comes with the McWatt-Pirsig Letters DVD as a bonus disc which also includes the Pirsig PhD and MOQ Textbook PDFs.
The Boxset is for sale at $69/£40 for all regions.
($69 or sterling equivalent)
On The Road with Robert Pirsig DVD
The winner of the 2009 Wirral Film Festival - Documentary Section!
'It is truly a first class piece of work, deserving of a wide audience, which I hope it receives. Pirsig comes across as a truly enlightened being --- insightful, yet humble, unassuming, down to earth. [He's kept] center focus, as is right. The side-bar comments of others, the scenery, and the judiciously chosen music (at least per my taste) all enhance that focus. Splendid!'
(Professor Ron DiSanto, April 3rd 2009)
This DVD is for sale at $29.99 (or the euro or sterling equivalent)
The MOQ at Oxford DVD
This is Robert Pirsig's assessment of this compilation:
"We have just watched your film and think it’s exceptionally professional. No one else could have done it because they wouldn’t have known what to select and what to leave out the way you do. I think it will have a long life. There is no doubt about its Quality."
It is priced at $25/£16 for all regions. Postage and packing free!
(N.B. A discount is available for universities, libraries and college undergraduates in regard to any DVD or PDF book sold directly through this website; please contact me for further details.
On The Road with John Sutherland DVD
The final DVD in the MOQ DVD Series. Recognised as probably the best film - as a documentary - out of the four! Originally released in August 2010, this primarily features a full length interview with John Sutherland recalling how he met Robert Pirsig and the piece of writing which was eventually to become "Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"! The DVD also includes some brief previously unseen clips of Robert Pirsig filling in some gaps of John’s recollections and an in-depth interview with Professor Ron DiSanto, the co-author of the “Guidebook to Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”.
John’s candid, though often humorous, interview concentrates on the era from Pirsig’s breakdown in the early 1960s to the publication of ZMM in 1974 while Professor DiSanto’s perceptive interview includes his recollections of his meetings with both Pirsig and John Sutherland in the mid-1980s (when he was compiling the ZMM Guidebook with Tom Steele), the relationship of insanity with enlightenment and the use of Pirsig’s books as teaching aids.
Below is Robert Pirsig’s brief comment on an early version of the DVD:
"I think the John Sutherland interview, which we just looked at, will be a valuable part of the record. He has some opinions about me and 'Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' that will help fill things in."
The DVD is for sale at $20/£12.99 for all regions. Postage and packing free!
MA Thesis with hand written annotations by Robert Pirsig
by Dr Anthony McWatt
New! The PDF version of my MA thesis (which has numerous hand written annotations by Robert Pirsig) is now available. A true rarity as the original document must be worth thousands of dollars now... To purchase a PDF copy of the Thesis (at a slightly more modest $8 or equivalent) please press the PayPal symbol below:
The Pirsig Letters PDF
A 180 page compilation of the correspondence between Dr Anthony McWatt and Robert Pirsig from 1993 to 1998. This gives a unique insight into the MOQ when the primary mode of written communication across the Atlantic was by airmail. Ironically, due to the relatively large size of the document, it needs to be posted out as a DVD! This is a comment from one reader:
I have been meaning to give you some feedback on the Pirsig Letters DVD. It is excellent. More food for thought, it has got me reading again: Zen in the Art of Achery and Buddism Plain and Simple; the latter is a real gem.
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011
The Letters DVD is for sale for $16 (or £10 sterling):
Alchemy at the Chalkface:
Pirsig, Pedagogy and
the Metaphysics of Quality
by Alan McManus
I'm pleased to offer for sale a PDF version of a new PhD examining pedagogy (the Art of teaching!) through the prism of the MOQ by a teacher of over two decades standing:
“Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is indeed entertaining. For about the first five pages. After that it becomes engaging as it draws the reader into its complex argument. I recommend that Harvey and Green (and anyone else who decides to pronounce on Pirsig) actually read his work, especially his reflections on Aristotelian dialectic, rhetoric, arête and Hindu/Buddhist dharma...
‘In the last resort quality is a philosophical concept. […] Reaching the conclusion that we might all have different understanding of quality in higher education and that none of us is necessarily wrong or right does not mean, however, that we are absolved of the responsibility of maintaining and enhancing quality. It is merely the adoption of a pragmatic attitude.’
(Harvey & Green/1993/25)
Pirsig provides a beneficial clarification to this ‘pragmatic’ attitude in education and industry which seeks to measure, maintain and enhance a vague and confused value... This thesis examines this body of evidence and argues for a benevolent reading of Pirsig’s Metaphysics of Quality.”
The Alchemy at the Chalkface PDF is no longer available for sale
A Critical Analysis of Robert Pirsig’s
Metaphysics of Quality
by Dr Anthony McWatt
The PDF version of the first ever PhD examining the MOQ remains available together with an appendix containing correspondence from Robert Pirsig that specifically relates to the philosophical issues it examines. To purchase the PDF copy of the PhD by credit card or PayPal at £5 sterling (or the euro or US dollar equivalent) press the PayPal symbol below:
If you'd like a Paperwhite KINDLE version of the Pirsig PhD (which is $12), please press the PayPal symbol below:
The MOQ Textbook
by Dr Anthony McWatt
In addition to the PhD thesis, the original MOQ Textbook is still for sale. Its remit is wider than the PhD and therefore tends to cover many issues related to the MOQ not explored elsewhere. To purchase a complete PDF copy of the MOQ Textbook by credit card or PayPal at £3 sterling (or the euro or US dollar equivalent) press the PayPal symbol below:
If you'd like a Paperwhite KINDLE version of the MOQ Textbook (which is $8), please press the PayPal symbol below:
Remember postage and packing is free for all items!
(N.B. A discount is available for universities, libraries and college undergraduates in regard to any DVD or PDF book sold directly through this website; please contact me for further details).