The Lila Squad

This is where it all started…

“Dear all
I’ve decided to start a Robert Pirsig mailing list and would like to invite you to join. I’ve put up a website as a focal point for the list at (hit reload a couple of times if you get a message from geocities saying it’s not there).

Before I get the list going I’d like to do a little brainstorming, so if you want to join please get back to me and give me your ideas for discussion topics.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Best regards


Diana McPartlin
Mon, 18 Aug 1997 20:28:00 +0100

Robert Maynard Pirsig
1928 – 2017

Lila Squad Archives

In the summer of 1997, Diana McPartlin sent out an email (shown above) from a brand new mailing list, inviting some of the people with whom she had been discussing Robert Pirsig’s work, to join. It was a philosophical call to arms, to explore Robert Pirsig’s Metaphysics of Quality.
A few years later, Dan Glover started the gargantuan task of extracting the essence of these discussions and distilling them into a new book – Lila’s Child.
You can read the original posts and discussions from some of the original members of the original mailing list by clicking on the buttons opposite.