Synopses & Reviews
A collage-like mash-up of personal anecdote, popular culture, masculinity, sports, and parenting, Hemingway on a Bike takes readers through the many and varied twists and turns of the life and mind of its author, Eric Freeze. Delving into obsessions and experiences, Freezes essays display a keen intelligence with insights on topics as diverse as Mormonism and foosball, Angry Birds and professional wrestling, superheroes and freebirthing, Ernest Hemingway and Star Trek.
“Carnecopia” mashes experiences fishing and snorkeling with an exhibit at Monacos oceanographic museum to comment on how human beings unwittingly enact harm on their environment. “Bolt” explores the authors fascination with sprinting and shares moments in France and the Midwest, where the words “to bolt” sometimes have unforeseen consequences. “Supergirl” plays on the childhood fascination with superheroes juxtaposed with adulthood manifestations of gendered expectations.
By turns playful, poignant, celebratory, and searching, Hemingway on a Bike meanders through ruminations on a number of subjects, and these reflections combine to dissect identity, belonging, and migration in an age when borders and boundaries, whatever the type, are continually transgressed and traversed.
“Bodybuilding Jesuses, glorious thorough moving explorations of the word ‘bolt, the search for the finest foosball table in the world, beardlessness, wrestling, the many glories of Canada, towns filled with Vulcans, superheroes, house-lust, love, pain—a wry and piercing collection of adventures and misadventures from a terrific essayist. A book both tart and gentle, which I savored from the first line to the last.”—Brian Doyle, author of Mink River and Leaping
“A wonderful book of essays, wry and wise, in which Eric Freeze considers what it is to be a twenty-first-century literary mans man in all his house-remodeling, sweet-parenting, foosball-playing glory.”—Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets
“Eric Freeze is the kind of thoughtful writer and parent who will help us save the world.”—Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Once Upon a River and American Salvage
“Intelligent, curious, and self-effacing, Hemingway on a Bike
represents a truly singular work of creative nonfiction. Meditating on an improbably diverse range of subjects—including foosball, superheroes, Mormonism, home birthing, beards, fishing, Vulcans, and professional wrestling—Freeze proves himself to be the kind of writer who knows exactly how to plumb the idiosyncrasies of his own experience, and the results are playful and profound.”—Matthew Vollmer, author of Inscriptions for Headstones
and editor of Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-interviews, Faux-lectures, Quasi-letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts
“This book is so much more than Hemingway on a bike, and thankfully so. In wide-ranging meanders, Eric Freeze takes us around the globe and into experiences both personal and universal, from transporting a foosball table to gutting a fish to growing a patchy beard to witnessing attacks by a barracuda and a British talk-show host. The essays move deftly, pausing to ponder or to play in language; they keep us moving; they move us. What it comes down to is this: the book is wonderful because Freezes mind is so unfetteredly interesting.”—Patrick Madden, author of Quotidiana
"Freeze covers a broad range of strange topics, from foosball to beards, pro wrestling to Vulcans, Angry Birds to barracudas. Freeze artfully captures not only his meditations on these varied subjects, but his enticing imagination as well. And his playfulness is contagious."—Elizabeth Brady, Brevity
About the Author
Eric Freeze is an associate professor of English at Wabash College. He is the author of Dominant Traits: Stories and has published essays, stories, and translations in a variety of periodicals including Boston Review, Harvard Review, and the Southern Review.