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Heft on Wheels by Mike Magnuson
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Apr 15, 08

Recommended for: Writers, Partiers, Cyclists
Read in April, 2008

This is really different from most of Magnusun's writing--it's a memoir (not exactly a "guide") about his transformation from one obsession (booze & food) to another (cycling). This is an easy, quick read, nevertheless thoughtful, witty, compelling and totally fasinating. I don't think you'll find yourself highlighting any particularly "heady" passages, but you may find yourself engaged--mesmerized, sometimes grossed out, sometimes laughing out loud.

One thing that I found to be especially interesting is that Magnusun's personal struggle is with achieving moderation; He says, "what I need to do is to become fanatical about living a balanced life." His writing, though, seems thoroughly balanced, which is difficult to achieve in memoir when the subject is essentially "all about me." At moments when you see the ego creeping in, and you think he might be taking himself too seriously, he'll remind you of the ridiculous cover, or say, "I look like...an old guy guy with a five-thousand dollar bike and access to a bottle of Nair."

If you're a writer, drinker, MFA-affiliated, or have ever met Magnusun in the "before" stage--or ever--I think you'll especially get a kick out of this book. My one slight concern is that his passion for cycling won't fully translate to readers who have never watched a tour, or don't at least own a bike...but I'm willing to bet that it does.
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Bruce Gosselin got me! great way to do a 180! it worked


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