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Book Review “The Echo Maker”

I finished reading “The Echo Maker” by Richard Powers, a book I found in an airport book shop. The story centers on a character who has to put his mind-self back together after a very bad car crash. The setting is Nebraska in near current times, with a back story of the crane migration stop-over in late winter on the Platte.

Interesting because it uses a visisting scientist and popular book author to put forth ideas from (I think) current research on our brains and our consciousness. The reader gets to watch the various characters struggle with their self-image with mixed results. Mostly positive ending, but the professor-scientist characters story didn’t feel it had enough closure.

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Book Review “The Art of Cycling”

A while ago, I read “The Art of Cycling” by Robert Hurst. It is an explanation of how to ride your bicycle safely in the modern 21st century American city. Some may say the first chapters on the history/evolution of roadways, bicycles, and cars is long and boring, but it did help me to understand the modern landscape for transport in the city.

As you know, Sherie and I try to use our bicycles for regular transport where we live. We also try to walk. There are many weeks when I never start my car, but let it sit in the garage. So I was excited to read some ideas on how to live this kind of life safely.

Interestingly, the book explains what has come to feel like safe practices to me when I ride. I guess the idea of defensible space/time on a bike should be understood by anyone who drives a car. And anyone who rides a bike need learn these, or let evolution end his stupidity.

Recommended read for cyclists, also good for motorists who may want to understand why a person on a bike may be “in the way.”


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