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Bicycle Diaries - David Byrne David Byrne's Bicycle Diaries is a series of essays loosely connected to him bicycling around different cities all across the world. He discusses the artists and locals he meets, talks about what he is actually doing in the city (not touring) and also give his reflections on life at the time.

He often will tell you what the year was at the time, so that when he edited the essays later they would convey the context of what people were thinking in a post-9/11 world.

This book had some very interesting parts, and some that just seemed to fall flat for me. I really enjoyed the first couple chapters, and probably the last three. But the middle just seemed to drag. Perhaps because it was based on his real experiences and didn't really follow the narrative of a "story".

There are lots of photos inside of the places visited and the various artists he met in his travels. The end of the book also has several sketches he made while designing bicycle racks for NYC.

Byrne gets a little preachy extolling the virtues of bicycle travel as opposed to motor vehicle in urban settings, although he correctly points out that it's often quicker to use bicycles in certain situations.

While in a short section about securing a bike so it doesn't get stolen, he seems rather undisturbed that his own bikes have either had wheels or seats (or the entire bike) stolen repeatedly. Though he does advise against expensive bikes for this reason.

It's an interesting book, nonetheless. Worth a read (or a graze).