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, March 18, 2012

Steve Earle, Emmylou, Jolie Holland, Wilf Carter, etc.

From our correspondent in the Prairie Provinces, Alex Emond:
"Happy Saint Patrick's Day. I took some shots of the too-small sub-section of my vinyl collection. Texas is the soul home of the drugstore truckdriving man and all things trucker, but I'm sure  there are some Canadian Gems out there too. Stompin' Tom, Hank Snow, Dutch Mason,Wilf Carter. The nation needs a Canadian Anthology of Trucker Tunes. Remember ... 'For every mile of road, there's two miles of ditch, eh?'" --AE
            Autoliterate Anthology of Road Tunes, Vol. 1: Most of these links are youtube performances. We should really organize a playlist on Spotify or some such, but this is beyond AL's tech know-how or patience, at present. 
             Should anyone feel up to organizing a playlist, autoliterate would be most grateful to receive the link: send it (and/or suggestions for additions to the list) to:

1. Pilgrim Steve Earle and Del McCoury Band, The Mountain
2. Thunder Road Bruce Springsteen
3. Brownsville Girl  Bob Dylan and Sam Shepard
4. I Wanna Die,  Jolie Holland
5. Terraplane, Robert Johnson
6. Wagon Wheel, Old Crow Medicine Show.
7. Western Highway, Maura O'Connell
8. Fisherman's Blues  The Waterboys
9. Waltz Across Texas  Emmylou Harris
10 Talk to Me of Mendocino   McGarrigles
11. Highway Kind Townes van Zandt
12. Return of the Grievous Angel  Lucinda Williams
13. Jackson  Lucinda Williams
14. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)   Pretenders
15. L.A. Freeway Jerry Jeff Walker
17 Seven Bridges Road   Eagles
18 Guitar Town Emmylou Harris
19 Four Strong Winds  Neil Young
20 Urge for Going   Joni Mitchell

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