01 July 2009

Cyclo Brevity

My reading this past week brought me past George Bernard Shaw and this quote, a propos fearmongering and The Culture of Fear:

"Newspapers are unable, seemingly to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization."

Indeed. And how appropriate given the hysteria many papers, especially the tabloids, exhibited by the press about cycling and 'safety'.

And I returned, for reasons nothing to do with cycling, to Philip Larkin's great death poem, Aubade:

"Courage is no good:
It means not scaring others.

Courage means not scaring others. Boy, there are a lot of people out there who should reflect on that.

Bicycle by Paul Fattaruso
While we're in brevity mode, I can recommend a book of bicycle poems by Paul Fattaruso called... "Bicycle".

Brilliant stuff. Simple, elegant poems about bicycles. Example:

"Of all the hidden cities, the city of abandoned bicycles is the most perfectly hidden. One can listen a long time to the indistinct whispers of abandoned bicycles in the streets."