Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.


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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and an '86 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of '97 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 27 years--we're recycling. I've published 2 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), and THE O'BRIENS (2012), and 2 collections of stories NIGHT DRIVING (1987), and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). Novel # 3, CARRY ME, will be out from Pantheon (US) and House of Anansi (Canada) in February 2016 and by Editions Philippe-Rey (Paris). More of my book stuff at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I've been teaching at Colorado College, Wichita State, and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I'll be a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right. It's free. Never an ad, never a sales pitch.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

1946 Buick Eight; 1946 DeSoto; Arundel Mane

Both cars were for sale at Motorland back in June, on a gleaming, thunderstormy evening.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

1963 Chevy II, Banff

from Alex Emond in Banff: This Chevy, bottom of the line Nova, is about as 'plain jane ' as a car can be. I have noticed this unassuming vehicle driving around Banff lately . This drab and homely automobile could be transformed into a real lean, mean street machine for not a huge amount of money. Ugly as it is , I like it.--AE
Ed. Note: I think in this era the car was a Chevy II: the original "Nova" was the top-of-the-line Chevy II, and I'm not sure this one made the grade. But I think it's a great-looking car. Looks very straight and clean: you know it was probably some hipster's grandmother's car. Here's one I saw in LA a few years back.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

They Don't Sell Them Here Dept.

from Guido Goluke, in the Netherlands: "Apparently the SWB pickup truck is my favourite. Saw this Land Cruiser in Muiden, near Ams, in an area devoid of muck or rutted roads."
Ed. note: It's hard to imagine a country less wild than the NL, nonetheless there's a high proportion of Land Rovers, Land Cruisers and other robust wilderness beasts cruising the well-tended highways. I've never see a Toyota Land Cruiser pickup in the US; have you? There's a more familiar version for sale here for....52k?!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

1936 Hudson Terraplane

I saw the car at Twisted Iron in Wiscasset, Maine last spring. I bet it's still there...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Jaguar XK 150 in the woods

Down the Pooduck Road, in Brooklin. Last saw one of these in Santa Barbara. That one had a bit more of a shine to it, but that's California. Certainly one of the most beautiful cars ever put together--sometimes badly.