BIKEQUITY: Money, Class, & Bicycling
Edited by Elly Blue
128 pages, 4.25 x 6.5 inches, $9.95 US (? Can/Mex, ? World), ? trades
2752 N Williams Ave.
Portland, OR 97227
This collection is the 14th issue of Taking The Lane, which is a rad series that I've always enjoyed reading; this issue has much to do with money, class, and bicycling -- why folks are on bikes, folks who go car-free, surviving a biking accident, stolen bikes -- and digs in to some fascinating ideas through the various pieces in the collection. There's fiction and a recipe and a bunch of different pieces (Blue writes about this in the introduction and explains a little about why these pieces are in this collection and why it follows more of a zine format), but most are essays. "Ultimately," Blue states, "this zine is about ways people negotiate power, and the various wedges that the powerful can use to separate us from each other." Do Jun Lee's piece "Han-ted Riding" is particularly exquisitely composed, by turns tragic and heartwarming and empowering, but all the pieces in this collection are fascinating and worth your time to read. These collections are always so carefully assembled, with pretty amazing production values, and always leave me thinking after I'm done reading them. Highly recommended -- whether you're into biking or not.