Also, check out Vadim Rizov on Peeples.
So, yeah, my comically old bike: 1990ish-2013. Got it when I was 12 or so, and dug it out of mothballs in 2007, after which I used it almost every day. I can’t even guess how many (thousands of?) miles I got out of it, but I used to bike to work with it, 8+ miles each way, back in Philly. It went on the Schuylkill river trail on numerous occasions, sometimes 25 miles each way to questionable suburban eateries. It was with me on drunk rides, like that one time, when I was slightly more foolish than I am now, when I rode it from Kensington to Roosevelt Blvd in the middle of the night without realizing I was going entirely the wrong way. I never much cared that it didn’t fit me, nor that I looked vaguely unappealing riding it. Trying not to guesstimate how much money I put into it in repairs, but by the end the only thing that hadn’t been replaced was the frame itself, which I just assumed would live into eternity. It didn’t. A nice crack finally formed at the rear tire hub, making it, after all these years, unsafe to ride. Sorry that a cartoonishly snooty bike shop repair dude had to do the final diagnosis — but then I have the amusingly awkward voicemail from said snooty bike shop repair guy, who obviously had no clue how to break the news to a stranger that his bike was totally dead. Anyway, end of an era, it’s been a blast and you’ve been replaced with a bike not originally intended for a growing boy. May it, too, last longer than some pets. (Yes, I eulogized a non-living object made of gears and grease.)
And check out my old Philadelphia Weekly comrade Sean Burns tearing apart Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain and Gary M. Kramer on No Place on Earth.
Also be sure to check out Vadim Rizov on Disconnect.
On the extreme off-chance that you’re wondering why I’m not playing much with this Tumblr anymore, it’s because I have a real person’s full-time job on top of a real student’s full-time workload. The fruits of the former, from the last week, can be found below:
Also check Vadim Rizov on Jurassic Park 3-D.
Also: Philadelphia, you get Beyond the Hills, Ginger & Rosa and The Silence. You lucky dogs!
ALSO: Got Vadim Rizov to review Room 237 and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which I keep almost writing as “G.I. Joe: Retribution.”
Also farmed out work to others: Vadim Rizov on Admission and Gimme the Loot, Steve Erickson on My Brother the Devil and Gary Kramer on Starbuck
ALSO: I got the great Vadim Rizov into the Metro. He reviewed Spring Breakers, Reality and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.