Playboy magazine, Editors’ Picks, The Best of 2006, “Twenty volumes you need to read”

“This account of a road trip on the back of a Ducati is also a tribute to literature, life and landscape.”

This is a story of a man seduced by twin passions, travel and scholarship, and it tracks twin adventures, into the literary past and the uncharted present. It’s a joyful book, a celebration of intellectual pursuit and carefree exploration. (Booklist)

“This book begins with the author crashing his Ducati Monster and breaking his back, wrist, and ankle and collapsing a lung in the process. Wait…it gets better. No, really.…this one’s especially interesting, thoughtful, illuminating and, uh… fun.” (Aerostitch)