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, August 2, 2011

Unicat, Ford Ranger, and Cadillac Escalade EXT

The origami is one thing. But the garbage truck is another.  
    It's not really a garbage truck.
    It's a purpose-built Unicat RV. Unicats are German trucks designed to go just about anywhere.

 Autoliterate appreciates rugged Euro truck design. The Europeans don't seem to mind trucks looking like trucks: functional, rugged, and designed to do a job rather than to be props in some tired mythology of manliness; like the massive, swollen pickup trucks Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford are turning out these days. Which seem to be all about braggadacio (hey, that might be a good name for one: the Dodge Braggadacio?). The gigantic 21st century American pickup truck radiates a sort of  steroid-induced Sylvester Stallone ersatz masculinity that always seems on the verge of hysterical tears.  
      Not to mention ersatz-truck vulgar monstrosities like the Cadillac Escalade EXT .

(Autoliterate sadly notes that the venerable little Ford Ranger, one of the few pickups that have kept it simple, is being cut out after 27 years: 2011 is the last model year for Ranger. 

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