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, KARIN, will be out from Pantheon (US) and House of Anansi (Canada) in March 2016. 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. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right. It's free. Never an ad, never a sales pitch.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Peter Kayafas photo: Laramie Wyoming 2008

Laramie Wyoming 2008                                                                                                       ©Peter Kayafas 2015 photograph

Horse People

Crow Agency Montana 2009    Peter Kayafas photograph
Stoney Indians Horseracing, Morley Alberta c. 1910,  Elliot Barnes photograph

Dodge 100, Canopy Express, San Pancho

Thanks to Aidan O'Neill for this one. It's definitely in the spirit of those great Canopy Express trucks.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

American Houses: Eastern Prom & Munjoy Hill, Portland Maine

An update on the vernacular three-deckah of Munjoy Hill. The second house might be on the Prom. And I'm not sure where the Hill ends and the Eastern Promenade begins. I usually figure, when the wind is sharp and cold enough, I'm on the Prom.

The '32 Cabriolet hotrod

An original build from the Fifties. I want this.  Up on Jalopy Journal

The State Car: Subaru Packing a Sled.

From the Bangor Police Department's Facebook page:

"I am posting this photo tonight for those of you that are not lucky enough to live here in the greatest state in the nation.
Sure, you might have warmer weather, more snakes, tornados, insects and a higher crime rate but we defy you to challenge a Mainer in packing a car.
Ingenuity. True to the course and generally "wicked smaht", we also understand spatial issues like no one else. This photo was taken by a Mainer at a Walmart. Someone needed to get their snowmobile home and a Subaru wagon is truly the perfect conveyor of all things winter.
If the owner of this car can prove that it's their car and tell me a story of this adventure, I will supply them with a new or like new, Bangor Police Department Duck of Justice tee shirt. In Maine; free is considered better than cheap.
That makes this shirt a bargain at double the price.
Get a hold of ol' TC on messenger or give me a call at the office. I want to shake your hand because you my friend are a true Mainer. Share this. Like our page and let's find this adventurer.
. Please, if you are the packer of this car, clear up any wants or warrants prior to stopping by. I want to give you a shirt but I would rather you not wear it in a mug shot. 
We will be here!oto tonight for those of you that are not lucky enough to live here in the greatest state in the nation.

We will be here!"--BPD
And here's a link to a piece in Downeast Magazine about Maine's relationship with its Subaru herd. 

1972 Dodge 100, San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico

 From Aidan O'Neill, Esq. in San Pancho, Nayarit, Mx. We like these trucks, and found one in Colorado Springs last year. There's another that lives in Marfa. And here's a wonderful Dodge 200, also in Marfa.