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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 21, 2012

Citroën HY van, puis un Peugeot

Citroën made these vans in France and Belgium from the late 1940s until 1981.  Saw this one at the farmers' market in Wassenaar, NL.

I always admired the elegant je ne sais quoi simplicity of these Peugeot wagons. They were popular in Montrèal quand j'etais jeune. Owning a French car made a political statement in Quebec in those days, though attitudes were complex, and a bit twisted: adulation of anything francais de France--even the tinny little Renault Cinq--was becoming popular amongst the Quebecois chattering class just as us thoroughly colon anglos were finally ditching our fawning relationship to Mother England, her shoddy Austins, and her nonstarting Rovers.

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