The Long Journey

As an obituary writer for the New York Times, Bruce Weber contemplates mortality more than most. For example, in 1993, at the age of 39, he packed his saddlebags and rode his bike across the United States as a way to salute his youth and pedal into middle age. He thought it would be the last time he physically could. In 2011, as he neared sixty, Weber reconsidered: What better way to bookend middle age than to take the ride again? Using the journey as an opportunity to reflect on growing older, he wrote his memoir, Life Is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America.

“I’m up front in the book that the solo journey across the country is a metaphor for the solo journey that we all take through life,” Weber says. “Facing mortality is something that we all end up doing. We have to do it according to the methods that our lives describe for us. We have to do it alone. If there is a consolation in that, it’s that everybody else is doing the same thing.”

Tonight, Weber will discuss and sign Life Is a Wheel at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue. For more information, go to or call 303-322-7727.
Tue., March 25, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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