- File Size: 1508 KB
- Print Length: 148 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crow Tree Publications (August 4, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 4, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MFT1US0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,784,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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While I enjoyed every essay and found food for thought on virtually every page, a few of the essays would perhaps fit better in another book. I loved the recounting of a bike tour and the humorous misadventures with various sailing companions, but I'm not sure these tales added to the work as a whole. Kind of like adding raisins to a chocolatechip cookie, sometimes not everything should go in one batch!
But the book is well worth its price and your time.The essay on graffiti and songbirds is just terrific and the late night and early morning walks are recounted so well you not only see and hear them, you damn near smell and taste them. Richard Risemberg has looked closely at his city and his words will make you look much closer at yours.
Risemberg's collection of essays sometimes rants, sometimes reaches for the heady and philosophical, and sometimes stuns with funny moments that are simply out of reach for the people stuck in the modern Happy Motoring mindset.
It can be hard to live in a big American city, or any car-dominated place, and maintain a healthy understanding of your identity, the natural world, and your status. It is easy to describe yourself and your life from the perspective of those driving by you at 45 mph in their glass boxes on wheels.
The reading is ideally suited for those in-between moments of your day - waiting for a bus, on your break at work, a quiet stop on a long walk or a bike ride. I worked my way through Risembergs essays as I lived my version of some of the moments he writes about; I felt safer for reading his essays about things in life I hadn't been through yet but now could see arising.
Risemberg's an author whose time has come for a younger generation rising up to meet him. Get on this bus!
Favorite essays: “Real Revolutionaries” (those who buck the predominant automobile/corporate culture and get around LA without a car!); “Imprisoned River” (now being restored…a great look at where we started, with a few paragraphs about the Glendale Narrows); and “Rhapsody in Gray”, in which Risemberg makes a compelling case that:
"America’s small-town values live on in her cities. America’s small-town culture, such as it was, vanished under the floods of asphalt we poured to float the armadas of automobiles that now dominate our lives. If you want to live someplace where you can walk to the corner for your groceries and meet your neighbor on the sidewalk on the way to work, your only chance is to move into a city, as close to its downtown as possible."
Insights like these abound in this collection of works that truly speaks to urban dwellers, especially those of us in Southern California.