So how did Bound For Nowhere come about?
Matt: I was visiting Steve in Richmond two years ago...we stopped at a convenient store to grab some snacks for a day of riding. I’m not sure if he asked me, or if I asked him? Regardless, after buying a bottle of anything and a glazed donut, we drove down the road towards the Lost Bowl having made a pact to put out a book together within a loose, indefinite amount of time. Somehow, within both of our busy schedules, we managed to make it work in two years.
Matt: Having Steve as a willing partner in the project. Basically, a person to rely on for motivation, feedback, and as someone to be accountable to, in order to stay on top of- especially towards the end of the project- deadlines. I’m still exhausted from putting out CITW in 2014 (Ha!). Writing is so incredibly difficult for me... texting Crandall almost daily for two years was really the only thing that got me through this. Appreciate you, Steve!
Is this one large story from each of you, or a compilation of short stories?
Matt: The project is split into two: two books, with two covers that read into, and end upon each other. Each section (or book) is a compilation of several personal, creative non-fiction stories/essays with an overlying theme of travel. We actually didn’t realize until we were done that both of our story timelines started in 1998 and ended in 2018. We also didn’t realize that, not knowing each other at the time, we were both in Portland in the summer of 1998: Steve was on a BMX trip, and I was touring with my old band. Crandall’s section covers his first major road trip, a bunch of wildly loose ones in between, and ends with our last trip to California together. I’ll have to say, “Places I’ve Slept,” creatively, was my most favorite of his submissions. I really hope everyone enjoys that one, especially from the perspective of a BMXer. My section, within the umbrella of travel, has stories both on the road as well as quite a few that took place right here in Florida (mostly, while pedaling). "Neighbor of the Beast" is the only story I included that shifts a bit: It’s about my neighbor (who is a die-hard Iron Maiden fan) and his travels... with a little twist at the end. The writing process over the past 20 years is also an underlying theme in my section... I cover this is much better detail in my Introduction.
What are the stories about- all BMX, or BMX culture in general?
Matt: Opposed to travel as the overlying theme, BMX is more the underlier. BMX (and our roots in punk) brought Steve and I together, but the narratives are more about the experiences that happened on the sidelines. To be fair, I would say, Bound For Nowhere is about BMX in our midst. Crandall’s story (one of my favorites...well, at this point I’ll have to say all of his stories are favorites) “Highway Renditions of Alleyway Apparitions” is a good example. Without giving anything away, it’s what happened to (and inside) the FBM bus after a week on the road. The story is just absurd, almost unbelievable. But at the same time, if you ride bikes and travel, it’s our reality. You probably didn’t have this exact experience, but I’m sure something like this has definitely happened to you.