Brand new hardcover. No remainder mark. ; 0.9 x 8.3 x 5.6 Inches; 272
pages; A motorcycle odyssey that combines the sensory seduction of the
road with the intellectual rewards of archival research.
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.