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Riding With Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books

Ted Bishop.
Item #: D02679
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 272 / 2007
Publisher: W.W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393330748
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Having barely survived a motorcycle crash, Ted Bishop thought a lot about bikes and literature while he recuperated, reflecting on the trip he had completed before his accident, south and then north again through the vast American West to visit the archives at the University of Texas, Austin. From genuinely funny descriptions of how he came to own a Ducati to discussions of D.H. Lawrence's novels; from the outlaw thrill of cruising through small towns to the shock of holding Virginia Woolf's suicide note, Bishop teases out connections between seemingly disparate pursuits.

"Mixing travelogue, autobiography and literary history with the art of motorcycle maintenance, [Bishop] focuses on relations between unlikely forces.... His narrative conveys a constant enthusiasm for texts, whether landscapes or books."—Toronto Globe and Mail

 

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