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.

Friday, October 21, 2016

1950 Chevrolet 1420, Saskatchewan, and etc.

From Alex Emond: "Random truck sightings ... taken in a few small towns in southwest Saskatchewan. Seems like anywhere I get to, there's another truck sitting there, posing . Most of them still have up to date license plates on them."-AE

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Nissan Figaro, North London

 Michael Moore spotted it in Hampstead. "A lot more interesting than the herds of BMWs and hordes of Audis that infest the heights around the Heath…" AL posted one in Vancouver a while back.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

c. 1935 Ford pickup. Quadra Island, British Columbia.

It was raining like hell. "Pacific typhoon," they said. I got off the plane at Campbell River, took the shuttle taxi to the dock and caught the ferry to Quadra Island. Waited at the Quathiaski Cove dock on Quadra for another cab to take me cross-island to the landing at Heriot Bay where I caught the ferry to Whaletown on Cortes Island. Saw this truck at the QC landing on Quadra.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

1954/55 Job-Rated Dodge. Banff, Alberta.

Saw the truck in October light on a chilly Banff day, with snow in the mountains. Alex Emond shot the truck a while back, but it was worth another look.

Monday, October 17, 2016

"Wyoming Highways" by William Notter

Wyoming Highways

Most of the traffic is pickup trucks
caked in bentonite from the methane roads,
or one-ton flatbeds with dually axles
and blue heelers balancing on the back.
But the blacktop slicing through rabbit brush flats
and weather the color of heated steel is perfect
for opening up a highway-geared American car
from the days of cubic inches and metal.
You could wind that Detroit iron up
to a sweet spot well above the posted limit,
where torque will casually pull the grades.
The car would rock on the springs, and growl
from deep in the carburetor throat
yanked wide open, gobbling down pure light.

--- "Wyoming Highways" by William Notter from Holding Everything Down. © Southern Illinois University Press, 2009. (buy now) Thanks to Stephen Hendrickson for the heads-up on the poem, which was read on NPR's The Writer's Almanac, Oct 15 2016. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The field-grey Volkswagen, and "Memories of a Nation"

Erinnerungen einer Nation' (The British View: German - Memories of a Nation) exhibition at the Martin Gropius Bau museum in Berlin on October 7, 2016. The exhibition running from October 8, 2016 to January 9, 2017presents approximately 200 objects that originated during the last 600 years in Germany, and which are formative for culture, business and politics -- past and present. The show traces German identity from a British perspective. Adam BERRY / AFP
"Germany: Memories of a Nation" was originally a BBC broadcast, and is also a book by the director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor.

Saturday, October 15, 2016