Thursday, June 30, 2011

Green pens new contribution to Zen library

I tried to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance twice. Never made it past the second chapter. Maybe I would have gotten further if I had any interest at all in motorcycles, but I think the real issue is I wasn't Zen enough to find it compelling.

Shawn Green, even at a young age, felt a much stronger connection to Eastern philosophy than I ever did. He read the Robert Pirsig book as a high school senior, then, appetite whetted and mind opened, sought out other texts of a similar vein. Not what you would expect most aspiring ballplayers to have on their nightstands, but Green is hardly your average ballplayer.

The former major league outfielder has penned (along with co-author Gordon McAlpine) a new contribution to the Zen library. The Way of Baseball: Finding Stillness at 95 MPH is certainly more accessible than Pirsig's classic. While it may trigger thinking and analysis of your own life, it doesn't require your unwavering concentration to understand what Green has to say. His wisdom is all rooted in experiences from throughout his playing career.

My full review of Green's book is now available on

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