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The ed parts about reading this book are 1 getting to visit so many different places, 2 getting inside of David Byrne’s head a little, since the writing is drawn from his journals that he kept during his travels, which means a little bizarre-o art and music, a little interesting historical stuff, and a look inside what’s bouncing around his brain on his visit to wherever he is actually, he reminds me a little bit of myself.
I gave it four stars. His art includes photography and installation works and has been published in five books. Politics comes to the fore in cities like Berlin and Manila, while chapters on New York City, and on the landscaped suburban industrial parks and contemporary ruins of such spots as Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Columbus are more concerned with history in the urban landscape.
Write a customer review. Politics comes to the fore in cities like Berlin and Manila, while chapters on New York City, and on the landscaped suburban industrial parks and contemporary ruins of such spots as Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Columbus are more concerned with history in the urban landscape. Dec 08, Christopher rated it it was ok Shelves: Sentence after sentence clogged up with description, clever metaphor after clever metaphor, often repeating the same point, again and again, as if he were unable to decide which was best, so left them all in.
He writes from both long experience and from keen observation: Part travelogue, part journal, part photo album, Bicycle Diaries is an eye-opening celebration of seeing the world from the seat of a bike.
The book is about using a bicycle of course, but more importantly it is about how architecture, urban planning or mis-planning and people make the places that we live and work in habitable, desirable, or just plai Although I am a huge fan of the movie True StoriesI primarily think of David Byrne as a member of Talking Heads.
I love that feeling of exhaustion, bonding with other people in our journeys, when the heat is unbearable, coolness of woods, village roads and small pubs, when you scare animals and birds with your pedals.
But the book flows forward like a journey, learning as it goes. He’s not falsely modest—he’s well aware that he occupies a position of privilege, and he isn’t shy about naming the influential people in whose circles he travels—but it’s not so much about Byrne himself as about the places he’s been, the people he’s met and the things they’ve done.
A neither or nor type byrnf book for me. The world isn’t logical, it’s a song. Lo vale, sean ciclistas o no. I love David Byrne as a musician, and it’s a blessing he made a living out of creating amazing music instead of writing because his writing is some of the most trivial and boring prose I’ve read.
During the summer time I do bike marathons all over my county. I’m glad I read this book!
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He has this way of writing byrnf is amazingly informative without being pretentious. For the bike Baskets Bottles Mudguards Stickers. He’s too mild mannered! White ‘s thoughtful though all too brief Here Is New York which I own, a gift from a similarly thoughtful cow orkerand his recognition of the urban wisdom of Jane Jacobs p.
If you continue browsing, we consider that you accept our Cookies Policy. Here is an example from the San Francisco chapter: And there are a lot of laughs as well, and inspiring moments and some great writing.
The title is misleading. It doesn’t even have the feel of a “collection of essays. Yes, I hated Bush too, and think America can learn some things from its neighbors, and agree that the lowest common denominator has in many cases weighted humanity down.
Several reviewers have covered elements of this book including I found this material as fascinating and a rewarding as his thoughts on urban cycling. The girl with pink hair asked why I was returning it and I said “it’s really boring! Ultimately what dvid most impressive though is the mere fact that he takes his bike everywhere, folded into a suitcase, and then, no matter how easy or difficult, he uses it to travel around every city even where very few others cycle.
Quotes from Bicycle Diaries. He bounces giddily between reflections on city planning, geography, history, contemporary art, cultural anthropology, music, etc. This collection of essays looks at several cities within and outside the US and how their patterns of life, traffic, and industry including tourism affect the people who live and work there.
He argues that what we build says something about who we are, and to some extent shapes what we become. It also made me kind of jealous. Learn more about Amazon Prime. While he may be right in many cases, his curmudgeonly take on things is made all the more irritating by his role as an exalted cultural arbiter.
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The book is about using a bicycle of course, but more importantly it is about how architecture, urban planning or mis-planning and people make the places that we live and work in habitable, desirable, or just plain awful. More on David Byrne: Return to Book Page. It wasn’t what I expected. Jan 07, Stan rated it liked it. It’s as though he literally did copy a few scrawlings from old travel journals and slap them into a book.
But ignoring that, I enjoyed is observations on: Y algunas anotaciones sobre bicicletas: Also, I thought about what fundamental assumptions Byrne holds that point him towards such analysis.
Cities that he happened to travel through while on a bicycle. I travelled mostly for work but did not have the smarts or luxury of bringing a bike with me.