On the morning of September 11, 2001, Richard Goodman, like many New Yorkers, was on his way to work. As he crossed Madison Avenue, he looked south to see one of the World Trade Center Towers “bellowing smoke.”

He wrote, “I could set my position in time by that moment, like the frozen clock at Hiroshima.” For the next three months, Richard rode his bike almost every day from the Upper West Side to the World Trade Center disaster site, or as near as he could get to it. When he returned home, he wrote about what he had seen.

From his bicycle, Richard could “feel” the smell of water as he pedaled along the Hudson. He navigated through the chaos and uncertainty in the city, and observed the massive mobilization of the rescue effort. The Bicycle Diaries is a very personal account that documents the process of one New Yorker, among 19 million, dealing with the World Trade Center tragedy: from the initial shock through the process of returning to some sense of normalcy.

On the morning of September 11, Gaylord Schanilec sat at his engraving table in Wisconsin working on New York Revisited, a book celebrating the city at the turn of the 21st century. His reaction, like that of most Americans west of the Hudson, was to ask himself, “What can I do?” A week would pass before he was able to contact Kenneth Auchincloss, the author and driving force behind New York Revisited, a book that Gaylord had been commissioned to produce by the Grolier Club of New York. Ken agreed that the tragedy should be acknowledged, but quietly. He felt that to let the tragedy overshadow the original purpose of the book--to celebrate the city, his “home town”--would be unfortunate.

The Bicycle Diaries is, ultimately, the answer to Gaylord’s question, “What can I do?” Each letter, every word, of Richard’s diary has been cast in metal and carefully printed onto the pages of the book.

In the autumn of 2010, Gaylord took a bike ride with Richard along the same streets that Richard had ridden in the autumn of 2001. He too could "feel" the smell of the water along the Hudson as they biked toward the massive construction site where a new One World Trade Center was rising steadily into the afternoon sky. The images in The Bicycle Diaries are based on the photographs Gaylord took that day.

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From The New York Times
Coping With 9/11, Riding on Two Wheels

By NEIL GENZLINGER
Published: August 26, 2011
A New Yorker who took to his bike to deal with the attack and its aftermath wrote about his experience in a book put together with much care and respect.
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From the British Library's Americas Collections Blog
By CAROL HOLDEN
Published: September 11, 2011
Remembering 9/11 again (or What you won't be reading on your Kindle, part 3)
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The Bicycle Diaries
One New Yorker's Journey Through September 11th
by Richard Goodman

STANDARD EDITION
5¾ x 9 ¼ inches. 111 pages. 224 copies. 7 color wood engravings by Gaylord Schanilec. Text composition-set in Emerson monotype. Printed on Zerkal mould-made paper. Bound in cloth at the Campbell-Logan Bindery.
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5 ¾ x 9 ¼ inches. 111 pages. 26 lettered copies. 7 color wood engravings by Gaylord Schanilec. Text composition-set in Emerson monotype. Printed on Zerkal mould-made paper. Bound in quarter Oasis Goatskin over Fabriano Roma handmade paper at the Campbell-Logan Bindery. Issued in a clamshell box with a separate portfolio of progressive proofs of the Cooper Union engraving. 
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