Volume 9, Issue 1: Spring 2013
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"He gave her one last kiss and died/ And he gave her his Vincent to ride." Richard Thompson's lyrics from "1952 Black Vincent Lightning" highlight one possible consequence of riding--and living. This issue offers two approaches to life, death and motorcycling: James B. Gould considers riding as a memento mori practice, an active acknowledgment of the edict "remember you will die" that, he argues, "can enable us to live wisely and well." Robert B. Shabanowitz agrees that motorcycling leads to the "development of a distinctive philosophy on the meaning of life and death" that manifests itself in shared mourning rituals and funeral practices.
Designers Sushil Chandra and Sudhir Atreya seek to explain the complexities of dynamism, employing deconstructive theory to illuminate the intersection of mechanical performance and visual design.
Charles Johnson reviews John Newkirk's book The Old Man and the Harley: A Last Ride Through Our Father’s America,
while Christian Pierce extends the journal's recent fascination with all things British with his review of Mick Walker's Royal Enfield: The Complete Story.