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My book has been pre-released by Bentley Publishers

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Ladies and gentleman, Meine Damen und Herren, car guys and the people who love them, start your M10, S14, M42/M44, M20, M30, M50/M52, S52, and S54 engines (I suppose that was an attempt at ordering them in some approximate priority of decreasing sanity).

It is with joy that I announce that Bentley Publishers has made my book available for pre-release. See www.bentleypublishers.com/hack-mechanic .

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The $24.95 pre-release price is good through March, and will get you an autographed copy (the Bentley folks intend to lock me in the back room of their Cambridge headquarters 'till I've signed them all).

Books will be available June 3rd.

The first release event (or, as I call it, my wet dream) will be at The Vintage in Winston-Salem Memoiral Day weekend. Bentley and I are talking with Vintage organizer Scott Sturday, and it looks like I'll be speaking at The Vintage on Friday May 24th. If you're coming to The Vintage, you might not want to pre-order the book. I will have them there, and will sign them in your choice of:

a) Ink

B) Authentic used BMW 2002 motor oil (Castrol 20/50, of course)

c) Hack Mechanic's blood

An E-book version is in development but no release date has been set.

There are many references to bmw2002faq.com in the book, as this wonderful site is absolutely central to my 2002-related joys and pains, trials and tribulations, and steady wallet depletion. Indeed, much of the book is about the way that physical objects (in our case, a boxy little German sports sedan) serve to connect human beings, and about how, although cars are cool, it is that connection that is the important thing in life.

My intent is to make this my last blatantly shamelessly self-promoting book-related post and hand it over to Bentley Publishers for paid advertising. (SteveK, I sent you an e-mail.)

Thanks everyone.

--Rob

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SWEET!!! Looking forward to it... unless the pages are all stuck together... which they will be eventually!

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Congratulations! That's a major accomplishment that's awesome!

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Got the announcement from Bently via email today, very exciting!

Can't wait to read it. Congratulations Rob, now get back to playing guitar...

Howard

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'tis I, sir.

I'm not worthy of print.....but the little Sahara sure is.

she's dying for spring to come (and so am I)

cheers!

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Congrats Rob! But how many copies are you planning on lugging down to NC? He-he - I'm sure RB will ship them in advance correct?

Which car will you be driving? tii perhaps?

Jim

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Congrats Rob...so excited for you!

Put me down for a copy to be picked up at Vintage. I think it is fitting if all copies sold there are signed with ink, oil and blood! :)

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It is with joy that I announce that Bentley Publishers has made my book available for pre-release. See www.bentleypublishers.com/hack-mechanic.

The theme of this is fascinating. Were you inspired at all by "Shop Class as Soulcraft"?

These ideas are the foundation for a film documentary I have in the first starts of development.

If I may ask, where are you located? Would you be interested being part of a film like that?

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Were you inspired at all by "Shop Class as Soulcraft"?

Also, does "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" fit into the equation in any way?

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Both ZMM and Shop Class as Soul Craft are mentioned in my book. I read ZMM when I was in college, and re-read it when I was figuring out how to mechanically structure my book so it had multiple threads (ZMM has five). I was quite surprised to find, upon re-reading, that ZMM, whose basic tenet is that working on a motorcycle is a microcosm of the study of rationality itself, has basically only a single instance where he diagnoses a problem on his bike (where it's running like crap and he realizes it's altitude and enriches the mixture). So there's actually very little zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. But it is a remarkably well-constructed book; the five threads are woven together so seamlessly that you're not even aware of them.

The chapter in Shop Class as Soul Craft "To Be Master of One's Own Stuff" resonated quite deeply with me.

I am in suburban Boston.

Regarding being part of a filmed documentary, anything's possible. Contact me at [email protected]

--Rob

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So there's actually very little zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

I realized that about half way through and found it quite charming. By then I was pretty much engrossed with his assertions so I was willingly along for the whole ride.

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