Eagle Nest, New Mexico, 2012. “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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Brooklin, Maine, United States
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 24 years-we're recyclers. 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). More of my book stuff at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'll be teaching at Colorado College and Wichita State in 2013-14.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The 1959 Pontiac Catalina & "Love Cars"

My essay "Love Cars" is reprinted in Literal magazine 

Peter Behrens

Cars Are The Bones of Everything, The Runes of my Life Love Cars

I could tell you I’m interested in cars, but that sounds all wrong in terms of their place in my life. I’m interested in a lot of things: Irish history, lesbian novels, roses, the geography of Canada, airfares to New York, how my mutual funds are doing. Cars, an interest? No. Cars, a drive, like sex: subterranean in some phases, idling in neutral; at other times, popping the clutch and squealing right out of control down a lost highway where advertising meets wanderlust meets fetish object...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

1948 Dodge, Prince Edward Island

 from Peter Baker, on Prince Edward Island: 
"This 1948 Dodge 3/4 ton is parked at a farm about 15 minute drive from my house on P.E.I. The fuel tank is rusted out so the owner used 2 tin cans for fuel: shown at right in the battery holder on the firewall in engine compartment."--PB