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May 11, 2014

Let us now praise Bruce Weber

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As I tweeted last month (below), "I've been reading @nytbruceweber's @nytimes pieces for decades and have yet to not enjoy one. What a great writer."

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He mainly writes obituaries for the Times, where he's worked since 1986, but from time to time his byline will show up unpredictably in any of the other myriad sections of the paper.

Liesl Schillinger's March 20, 2014 Times review of his new book, "Life Is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America," is here.

I told him (below) that I'd feature his book and here it is.

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May 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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I read Weber's account in the NYT as it progressed - a great read then and if he's put it together as a well done book, so much the better.

If you simply have a hankering for tales of the open road on a bicycle, I'd suggest the website "Crazy Guy On A Bike" that has become something of a center and a clearinghouse for this sort of endeavor. Some of the journals are literally around the world or from Patagonia to Alaska...great for we armchair adventurers.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com

Posted by: Scott | May 11, 2014 10:37:44 PM

From Amazon page:

“...at 57, he lacked both the physical and mental stamina he possessed on his first crossing....Yet Weber clearly retained his sharp powers of observation as he describes the changes he saw in the nation, from the ubiquitous use of cell phones to changes in the political climate. What hasn’t changed, thankfully, is Weber’s ability to be awestruck and inspired by the power and beauty of the landscapes he traverses.”

cf. 4:01 am post.

I like to think we get better with age. But I could be biased.

Posted by: Marianne | May 11, 2014 1:32:41 PM

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