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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Marfa Mopar


Adam Fedderly shot this is Marfa, Texas. I recognize the truck, a swb Dodge...I'd say from the late Seventies. I like how the colors work in this photograph. Reminds me of the way street colors start to pop after crossing the border into, say, Ojinaga.  For some reason I spent a lot of time this winter taking photographs of pretty much every 1973-87 Chevrolet/GMC truck in Marfa. I'm not used to taking pictures. A sort of mania took hold: taking a photograph is a lot like asserting ownership, isn't it? An appetite that grows the more you feed it. I started feeling manic hunger to document--devour?-- every last truck.  Definitely a possessive, not to say aggressive, instinct. Just one isn't enough;
have to get them ALL.

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