Credit: Robert Risko

In his new book Bicycle Diaries (Viking, $26), David Byrne, the former Talking Heads singer, reflects on the cities he has toured, appraising their bikeability (“In Berlin, there are little stoplights just for bikers!”), quirks (“In Manila’s funky old city center, karaoke machines are everywhere”), and their essence (“Buenos Aires is not a place for vegetarians”). Part travelogue, part journal, part urbanism textbook, it is, in its delightful idiosyncrasy, 100 percent David Byrne.