Christmas morning I found this gem of a read under the tree. Yay!
Subtitled The World’s Best Motorcycle Writing, The Devil Can Ride is a fine collection of short stories, magazine articles, and book excerpts from some of the best writers of motorcycle prose.
As you’d expect Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is represented, as is a piece by Hunter S. Thompson entitled Song of the Sausage Creature. But there are lots of other fine writers whose material is also in this book. Adele Kubin’s Grease Under the Angel’s Wings was a particularly satisfying read, albeit much too short, as was You’re Only Crazy Once, an excerpt from Tom Cotter’s The Vincent in the Barn. And I’m still only half way through the book.
In all there are some 28 stories told, each one unique, each one offering a different perspective on this passion we all share. Is it truly “The World’s Best Motorcycle Writing”? Well that’s arguable given the breadth of the genre, but it is certainly a collection of some great motorcycle writing.