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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Brooklin, Maine, United States
We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

For sale: 1964 Holiday Rambler

1964 20’ Holiday Rambler travel trailer, complete unrestored original; $600.00, FOB 18 miles WNW Gerlach Nevada. Contact: Mike Moore at

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

1951 Chevrolet 1300 Trailer Queen

from Alex Emond in south Saskatchewan: "My guess is 1951 , but I don't know exactly . It's a half ton , chained onto a flatbed trailer . This is in Eastend , Sask. on one of those colourless days ... fresh snow , dead calm . Spring is dragging its feet this year . There's still quite a bit of snow on the ground which bodes well for seeding and planting ... once the fields dry out enough . Anyway, I suspect that this old truck is going to get a makeover". Cheers , Alex"
Autoliterate: 133 was the Canadian version of the 3100.

Monday, March 19, 2018

1967 Buick Skylark and William Eggleston

Saw the William Eggleston show at Metropolitan Museum in NYC last week. 20 years ago, who'd have thought--color photographs? Of cars? In the Met?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

1957 Chevrolet Convertible

From Colin Washburn. "Rear end of a ‘57 convertible, with old Cali plates. The front end is under repair. Near Tuolumne, Ca."

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

At War With the Obvious William Eggleston.

Untitled, 1974. Photograph and dye-transfer print by William Eggleston. From At War with the Obvious, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession #2012.280.12. © Eggleston Artistic Trust.
Autoliterate is too, though we don't always win.
 Just saw the Eggleston show up at Metropolitan Museum, New York.