Riding with Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books

Front Cover
W. W. Norton & Company, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 261 pages
12 Reviews
Ted Bishop took one last ride before the fall term. When he tried to pass a tractor-trailer at 80 miles per hour, his motorcycle began to vibrate out of control. Bishop was flung into a ditch, breaking his back in two places, shattering a wrist and ankle, and collapsing his lungs. Left with time to write and reflect, Bishop produced Riding with Rilke, an account of the epic motorcycle trip he had completed just before the crash. Here, Bishop takes readers from Edmonton to Austin, through the classic landscapes of the American West, and to a few of America and Europe's most famous cities as he reconciles what it means to be both a road dog and a researcher. Whether describing the shock of holding Virginia Woolf's suicide note in the British Library or the outlaw thrill of cruising small American towns on his Ducati, Bishop meditates with wit and honesty on the tangled interplay of life, work, and art.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4
4 stars
5
3 stars
2
2 stars
1
1 star
0

Review: Riding with Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books

User Review  - Cheng Gloria - Goodreads

"A book knows when you are ready for it" (WOW) Read full review

Review: Riding with Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

this book is about one event, but it one takes about two chapters on that one event, the prologue and the final chapter, the rest of the book is about what it means to ride a bike across the states as a college professor. the event is good, but the description of the ride is much better. Read full review

Contents

I
1
II
7
III
8
IV
17
V
28
VI
40
VII
54
VIII
64
XIII
140
XIV
150
XV
166
XVI
185
XVII
196
XVIII
205
XIX
217
XX
226

IX
76
X
96
XI
115
XII
123
XXI
239
XXII
258
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (2006)

Ted Bishop teaches at the University of Alberta.

Bibliographic information