The Autoliterate Dutch Bike Report & Photo Essay will wait another day. Meanwhile I have been watching a flock of low-slung Citroën Traction Avants tool around Wassenaar. If you enjoy French film noir, ca, c'est le char. I'm thinking Rififi (dir. Jules Dessin); aussi, Shoot the Piano Player (dir. Francois Truffault). This was the great French gangster car. I believe they started making 'em in 1937, and production continued into the 1950s.
- Brooklin, Maine, United States
- We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and an '86 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of '97 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 24 years-we're recyclers. I've published 2 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), and THE O'BRIENS (2012), and 2 collections of stories NIGHT DRIVING (1987), and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my book stuff at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'll be teaching at Colorado College and Wichita State in 2013-14.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Citroën Traction Avant et Film Noir
I am going very euro after 4 days in The Netherlands. This is a bicycle nation, and I will certainly be writing about the local bikes on Autoliterate: the basic Dutch bicycle is a handsome, well-thought-out, and extraordinarily useful machine. We 3 are riding clunkers, however. BB's bike is in the repair shop today; H's bike has an appointment for Monday.
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