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 26 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 March 2016 and Editions Philippe-Rey (Paris) will publish it as PORTE-MOI. 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.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Heavy Chevy (1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe)

For a lot of car guys Chevrolet doesn't really exist until the tri-5's. Until then it was Ford, Ford, Ford. But wow this was a heckuva Chevy bomb in '41. Not a hot rodder's car, though. Almost a limo-Chev, though not quite a '42 Cadillac. All decked out for the 4th of July in Brooklin, Maine.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Beaver in Utero: Canadian roadsigns

"Let us pause to ponder the poetic inscrutability of Canadian highway signs...
Great piece on the weirdness of Canada's road signs, from the Boston Globe. Thanks to Aidan O'Neill for the heads-up:
"I’ve just returned from a week of car camping up the coast of New Brunswick, a long and leisurely drive along the edge of the Bay of Fundy. Gorgeous country, and I suggest you check it out if you haven’t already. But what began as a minor puzzlement for my wife and me bloomed over the course of a few days into a full-on obsession: What in the name of Rob Ford were the road signs trying to tell us?.."

BMW 1600

 Lots of bright cars out for the 4th of July. I don't see many beemer convertibles of this era, and certainly not here, in the only monosyllabic state of the Union. I'm guessing the era, not being an aficionado, but would say 1969. Others will know. Great design makes poor design look overwrought, and unnecessary.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Not Quite a Sleeper: 1966 Plymouth Fury

With a 383. Always liked the cut lines on these cars. The 4 door sedan edition was the standard vernacular Montreal taxi of the era. This car's for sale, too. Find out more at B-A-T

Friday, July 3, 2015

1972 K20 Chevrolet Cheyenne

The truck looks very clean and it's for sale in South Carolina. Find out more on B-A-T.

1959 Country Squire

I hope you're as ready for the 4th as this guy is. From Vintage Roadside  Someone is driving this 1959 Ranch Wagon around Switzerland.