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Borderlands: Riding the Edge of America
by Derek Lundy
"The periphery of a place can tell us a great deal about its heartland. along the edge of a nation's territory, its real prejudices, fears and obsessions - but also its virtues - irrepressibly bubble up as its people confront the 'other' whom they admire, or fear, or hold in contempt, and know little about. September 11, 2001, changed the United States utterly and nothing ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Vintage Canada
(first published May 25th 2010)
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“Borderlands” is less about the intricacies and rush of distance motorcycle riding than about the historical antecedents that produced our current borders with Mexico and Canada and the current state of each vis-à-vis the US. I expected more about biking but quickly realized that Derek probably should have avoided motorcycles judging from some of the near misses with death that he recounts on his first outing from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific ocean. I do give him credit for exposing the nat ...more
This is exactly what you would expect from a travel narrative written by a guy riding a motorcycle. Lundy is a fantastic rider. Anyone that rides will understand some of Lundy’s insight and feelings about being on the road. Lundy has by far the best description of the feeling of riding that can be put into words, “The abandonment of constraint”. Could not have put it better myself. As I read through the text I felt like I really got to know Lundy, he does a fantastic job of reporting on what he ...more
Derek can write, but as with some of his other books he tends to try and emulate other writers, as with this book. I think he was trying to do the "Zen and the Art of Mororcycle Maintenance" though with less Zen. I was surpised in his travels on the border with Manitoba/North Dakota he did not mention the one item that I feel really defines the border, and that is the dozen or so Nuclear Missle silos within 20 km of the border. In the USA of course, there are none in Canada. How could you miss m ...more
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“The periphery of a place can tell us a great deal about its heartland. Along the edge of a nation's territory, its real prejudices, fears and obsessions — but also its virtues — irrepressibly bubble up as its people confront the 'other' whom they admire, or fear, or hold in contempt, and know little about.”More quotes…