Riding with Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 261 pages
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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.
 

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I read this book to find a point of connection with my husband: he loves motorcycles and I love books. Bishop's journey does connect those two fascinations--in both cases he appreciates an object's ... Read full review

Riding with Rilke: reflections on motorcycles and books

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Motorcycles and books? The very title gives one pause. Not a motorcycle enthusiast, this reviewer was nonetheless quickly drawn into the story of this talented writer and the romanticism of embarking ... Read full review

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Ted Bishop teaches at the University of Alberta.

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