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He does not see bringing a bike as an option, but rather as an integral part of his travelling. A renowned musician and visual artist presents an idiosyncratic behind-the-handlebars view of the world’s cities. Oct 28, Rebekah rated it did not like it. Bicycling, I know, and Byrne acknowledges, is not practical for most people, and for even for those that it is, most people cannot or will not make the sacrifice. Byrne is a much more perceptive and original thinker than a lot of the rock stars out there, so there is much in this book that you can really sink your intelectual teeth into.

Byrne’s main interest is how the city is laid out especially when concerning bicycling and how that affects the landscape and its people as a population.

Sometimes you can hear what could be song lyrics in the words.

This is a book of David Byrne’s musings while riding his bicycle in cities around the world. No me canso, el tipo se nota que es super inteligente.

David takes his bicycle everywhere and, like me, it is his primary mode of transport. Product details Bicicleya Publisher: So I went to the Shattuck location. Most of this is only tangentially about bicycling.

Convinced that urban biking opens one’s eyes to the inner workings and rhythms of a city’s geography and population, Byrne began keeping a journal of his observations and insights. Though that particular work is not actually mentioned here, as far as I could tell, Kunstler’s analysis of the relative merits of Detroit, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon which last Byrne doesn’t dafid mention either!


He argues that what we build says something about who we are, and to some extent shapes what we become. Learn more about Amazon Xe. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. He offers unwarranted criticism of the automobile and the businesses that brought us gyrne liberating invention. I only read the first 80 pages.

I thought the book would be more like a journal; observations of sites seen and things hear The author is arguably most associated with his role as a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, active between and Of course, Byrne comes back to New York City in the end, as is both understandable and appropriate.

The writing is conversational and Byrne is not afraid to diarrios strong opinions. Perhaps the tone changed later in the book. I really enjoyed this book, in fact I want to get out on my bike now, and take a leisurely ride along the Yarra.

His last section on Dairios York and the bicycling tip in the appendix were interesting too. In Bicycle DiariesByrne goes on another world-wide tour, but it’s not about the music this time.

Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. Get to Know Us. In American cities, including my own beloved Columbus Ohio, he only sees decay, abandonment, and Marxist alienation. Write a customer review.

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Byrne does mention some other books about cities, though, that I’ve read too—I noticed in particular his quote on p. Get to Know Us. The title is misleading. Diarios de bicicleta Book.

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I found this material as fascinating and a ee as his viarios on urban cycling. He clearly lives a charmed life; and whether he’s in Sao Paolo or London he seems to know the places to go to and has friends who show him the way; but he spends much of his time cycling in a vague way and just seeing what happens. May 14, Pustulio rated it really liked it. It’s a little all bicileta the place as a result – literally as well as in terms of structure. I was a Talking Heads fan too, and even a liberal in most scenarios I’ve seen few reviews that cover what to me wound up being the essential aspect of this book: Bicycle Diaries is both a travelogue and a work with a definite agenda, but it’s also full of pointed asides and extended ruminations about architecture, sociology and politics, outsider art, the likely nature of artificial intelligence, and of course about music too.


David Byrne should write diarjos books. Occasionally he makes a Talking Heads reference, but it doesn’t seem like he takes his “famousness” too seriously.

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David Byrne is a multitalented musician, writer, filmmaker and all-around artist. It’s very choppy, and not very cohesive. Nor did I ever get a chance to see him perform with Talking Duarios.

But except for these later advances, he is remarkably well-informed about urban cycling issues, advocates, and methods.

H I loved this book. He’s too mild mannered! Bicycle Diaries would make a lovely companion set with Andrei Codrescu’s Hail Babylon, which is another volume of impressions of various cities, all, or nearly all american in Codrescu’s case.