Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Custom Deluxe Redux

Hector Sanchez painted the Custom Deluxe on Friday and did what looks like an awfully good job, according to David Sudderth and Rocky Rojo, our men on the ground in Marfa.  David took these photos, and I spot his 1976 Scottsdale parked across the street. Ricky is doing a transmission overhaul and is babysitting the truck, which we plan to use it next winter as our West Texas transportation.
             I love recycling old trucks--this is a 1986---which is extremely possible in W Texas, where old originals are dusty, but rarely rusty. Thanks to Hector for an excellent job.
            During the period the truck was in HS's shop, wildfires were raging all across far-West Texas, and HS was doing duty as a volunteer fireman. The Rockhouse fire just missed Marfa and provided a few very tense days. Other parts of Presidio County burned and many people lost homes in Fort Davis in the largest wildfire in Texas history.

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