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.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Chill 1968 MGBGT from NS in NDG

That duplex is the standard vernacular housing in Montreal's Notre Dame de Grace neighborhood.
I think the last time we caught one of these cars was in NL. And that one was snowy too.
Happy Turkey!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rob Hann Photograph: Rachel, Nevada

Rob Hann photograph. Reminds me of a line from a Paul Simon song...
"Abandoned now, just like the war"

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

1950 Ford F-2

from Alex Emond: "Circa 1950 Ford F2, in fair condition. Parked in a back yard in Piapot, Sask..I don't think that it's quite roadworthy but it wouldn't take much.  Cheers, Alex"

Monday, November 20, 2017

1980 Jeep Gladiator. Hunting rig. Far-West Texas

Photo by Geoff Park, who saw the unit in Brewster County, Texas. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Overnight at Walmart: from the NYT

“You’re going to see a lot of folks out here running from something,” said a man who identified himself only as Sunny. He posed with a stuffed animal of an amphibian named Fabian for a portrait in his R.V. in a Walmart parking lot in Asheville, N.C. He added: “For the first time in my life I’m not running from anything. I guess I was running from myself.”
 A piece in the NYT on Walmart's policy of letting people overnight in its parking lots, and the culture that's emerged in that scene.....
Overnight in Walmart Parking Lots: Silence, Solace and Refuge

Friday, November 17, 2017

Stephen Shore at MOMA

The Stephen Shore Exhibition at MOMA opens in New York this weekend. AL appreciates his deadpan look at American landscape. It is as mannered a style as any other but Shore forces us to see the dreary road-scape we have created for ourselves. Of course I love the cars. Wonder what John Brinckerhoff Jackson would have to say about these landscapes?