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 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.

Monday, October 23, 2017

1975 Pontiac Grand Ville

Saw the Pontiac on Avenue de la Musée, Montréal. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Ryoji Ikeda's composition: "A (for 100 Cars)"

 A piece on Ikeda's orchestral piece for 100 cars, from the New York Times:  “A (for 100 Cars)” was, by turns, a placid deliberation, a thunderous roar, an ambitious lark. A public sound art installation made possible through corporate largess — the performance was part of the first Los Angeles edition of the Red Bull Music Academy festival — it turned negative space in the center of downtown Los Angeles into a sublime womb. All around, tall buildings loomed, while on the performance stage, 100 cars worked through what felt like a meditation..."

Saturday, October 21, 2017

1976 Cadillac St Moritz

Saw the car heading north on I-93 in New Hampshire. Looks a fire a while back. Parts car or project?

Friday, October 20, 2017


I found this coffin-nose pickup truck in the files but dang if I can remember what it is or where I found it. Any i.d. on this thing? I was thinking Studebaker or Cord, but maybe some kind of one-off?

1964 Ford Custom.

These are Montreal police cars-- awaiting dome lights, I guess. I remember red bubbles on the roof. That's Mont-Royal in the background.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

La frontière

from my border dispatch "Canada 1" on The Walrus blog:
"...Bakersfield, Vermont. Enosburg Falls. Tonight I’m crossing the border at Morses Line and will have nothing to declare. Frelighsburg, Québec. Bedford. Pike River. On a northeast heading, the last Appalachian hills will smooth out into the forensic flatness of the St Lawrence Valley. Dairy country, steel silos, ranks of corn and tractors the size of buildings. Peculiar intrusion of the ex-volcano hills on the flatscape, one of them Mont-Royal but I won’t see that rise until I’m in ferocious traffic riding over the hump of the bridge..."