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Win a Bicycle!

July 9, 2012 | by

My predecessor George Plimpton was known for cycling around New York  before it was either cool or safe (before, some would say, it was sane). And nowadays, we at TPR are still devoted city bikers; our rides can be found chained up and down White Street. So in celebration of the Tour de France—and thanks to the generosity of Hudson Urban Bikes—we, along with Velojoy, are giving away one of Hudson Urban Bikes' Beater Bicycles Roadster. This classic city bike comes in a men’s and a women’s model, both of which may be seen in the diabolical and rather enigmatic illustration below.

To win the HUB Beater, tell us what you see in this picture:

  • in three hundred words or fewer
  • in the style of (choose one!Elizabeth Bishop, Ray Bradbury, Joan Didion, Ernest Hemingway, or P. G. Wodehouse
  • Read The Paris Review interviews for inspiration—and be sure to send in your entries by July 22. Submit to The winner will be chosen by the editors of the Review.



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    1. Alexandra Palmer | July 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Hi Lorin,
      will the entries be posted in this thread or somewhere else on the site?
      Thank you,

    2. Lorin Stein | July 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Hi there, Sasha. The finalists will have a post of their own.

    3. Alexandra Palmer | July 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you, Lorin 🙂

    4. RC | July 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Hi Lorin

      When will the finalists be announced? Thanks very much!

    5. Lorin Stein | July 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Tomorrow — we’d hoped to announce today, but we have so many submissions, it’s taking slightly longer than expected! Apologies, and many thanks for your patience.

    6. Theo Zbriejski | August 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      I have to say I’m more than a bit dismayed that after all the hard work I put in I never even received a response that my entry was received, or that the contest winner had been chosen. Bad business to not respond to your readers.
      So here is my piece, which casts Hemingway as an impotent old man. I thought it was humorous:

      “I’m going to take a bath.”
      She went into the bathroom, fully dressed, and he lay on the bed. He had spent the morning
      writing. Nothing good. It hadn’t been good since they left Lucerne. And now there was this.
      There had been talk of a baby, but they had known it would be difficult due to the age
      difference. Now this had been another small death in their ability to feel for one another. She said it was
      not important, but what could a woman know about it.
      When she came out of the bathroom she loosened her towel with her back to him. Halfway
      inside the bathroom door she pulled on a light cable-knit sweater and green shorts. Her legs had turned
      a dark brown from tanning in the sun every day.
      On their way out, madame offered the use of les vélos, but when they were brought up from
      the garden they both had flat tires. “Take them,” she said. “The man at town can fix for you.” So they
      walked the six blocks into town pushing the bicycles up hill.
      At the café they had trout with a lemon sauce for lunch. The fish was wild, and tasted fresh. The
      wine was crisp and the coldness was refreshing in the dry heat. He soaked up the remaining lemon oil
      with the crusts of the bread.
      When they left the café they stopped to take the bicycles and he handed the boy half a centime.
      On the ride back he tired at the hill, and blamed it on the thin Spanish air. Once they arrived they
      stowed the bicycles alongside the stairs and crossed the road to head down to the water. There was just
      enough daylight left to see the sun set over the Balearic Sea.

      (Now look at the picture and tell me it isn’t right…)

    7. Theo Zbriejski | August 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Sublimely humorous, but humorous non the less.

    8. Lorin Stein | August 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks, Mr Zbriejski. I’m sorry to have disappointed you, but we did say when we would make the announcement. (You do see it would be impractical to write back to each of the two hundred contestants!)

    9. Larry | August 13, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      I love your work it is the best work I ever been I love it

    10. Jeff Hamor | October 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      I think it would be fun to have a nice bike.Thanks.

    11. Summer Leyba | January 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      I believe this site contains some real good info for everyone. “Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that’s no reason not to give it.” by Agatha Christie.

    12. Donnie Johnson | September 20, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      I see a woman trying to out pedal Satan

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