Riding With Rilke

Riding With Rilke

Reflections on Motorcycles and Books

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, 2006.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780393062618
Branch Call Number: 796.7097
Characteristics: 261 p. : map ; 22 cm.


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Dec 02, 2009

Ted provides rich details on what it like to ride a bike -- positive and negative. I will never be a rider but enjoyed his description. He reached into my sense of awareness and apprehension about sliding on ice in a car.


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