Tom MacWright

I read Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne on


What a pleasant book. It’s not quite a travelogue or a book of opinions or observations. Byrne floats between genres casually. It all just feels pretty effortless and open-minded, non-judgmental, creative in a receptive way.

Sure, there are some ideas about transit and cities, that I agreed with tremendously and you might as well, if you live in a city. And there’s a lot about other musicians, but it’s not trying to profile one musician or another, or reach for some profundity.

I really enjoyed reading it: it was nice to see the world through David Byrne’s eyes, and absorb some of his attitude toward life.


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  • ISBN: 0143117963
  • ISBN13: 9780143117964
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  • Publisher: Penguin Random House