I am starting off 2019 with my book-a-month goal again. I slacked off the last year and I found myself really missing the time I had set aside to just read. So to start 2019, I am reading a book that has been on my list for a very long time.
Read with me!
I’m a bit of a sucker for beautiful bicycles and Rizzoli has recently published a brand new book called Japanese Steel that specifically highlights some of the best Japanese bicycle companies currently operating.
The book by William Bevington, does a wonderful balance of bringing together historical details of Japanese bicycle culture and design with the intricate details — from build, to components, and color — of each company’s unique perspective on the market.
The photographs by Scott Ryder featured in this book are all privately owned bicycles donated for the purpose of this project. The result is just a big volume of gorgeous imagery that really shows how these Japanese bicycles have held up over time. No bicycle in the book is straight off the production floor so don’t expect ultra-clean and shiny bikes (although a lot of them look that way). Instead, just be sure to note the patina on the metals and the worn-in yet lasting leather bound components.
A bicycle’s purpose is for getting from one place to another in an efficient manner. But after looking at this book, you might just reconsider the bike as an object of art rather than a strict utilitarian tool.
Pick up Japanese Steel over at Amazon today. It is currently $30 and makes a perfect holiday gift!
Extremely controversial friend of Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, has been in the hot seat lately for writing a book (Wasted: Tales of a Genx Drunk) about his drunken past in which it is presumed parts of the book recount the story of Kavanaugh and his own drunken states. The book is currently out of print and copies are selling for lots of money. But if you are clever, you can find epub and PDF versions of this book at your local libraries — especially if your school has digital copies available.