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used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
  • Now we've a real intellectual impasse.
    Part 2 (43% in)
  • There was just a feeling on my part that this was something a little bigger than I wanted to take on without thinking about it, and I turned instead to my usual habit of trying to extract causes and effects to see what was involved that could possibly lead to such an impasse between John's view of that lovely shim and my own.
    Part 1 (58% in)
  • Some kind of impasse has developed but I don't know how to get around it.
    Part 2 (72% in)
  • The impasse now produces its silence.
    Part 2 (72% in)
  • But what DeWeese and I know and the Sutherlands don't know is that there was someone, a person who lived here once, who was creatively on fire with a set of ideas no one had ever heard of before, but then something unexplained and wrong happened and DeWeese doesn't know how or why and neither do I. The reason for the impasse, the bad feeling, is that DeWeese thinks that person is here now.
    Part 2 (72% in)
  • He saw too much," I say, still thinking about the impasse, but DeWeese looks puzzled and John doesn't register at all, and I realize the non sequitur too late.
    Part 2 (72% in)
  • DeWeese and the instructor smile and some of the impasse goes away.
    Part 2 (75% in)

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