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.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Dutch 1964 El Camino

So far the coolest, barest Chevrolet I've seen in the Netherlands. Dutch people rarely deliver the American car aesthetic in such a satisfying way, it seems to me.  American cars & trucks over here are usually organized to send out a message of right-wing insouciance. It's the Harley-Davidson spirit. If you run any kind of big US car or truck in the Netherlands you're sending out a slightly archaic, don't tread on me, greying-braids-flapping-in-the-wind kinda vibe. Or that's how I'm reading it. Don't know how they sustain the rebel attitude with gas at $10 a gallon but that's the price of freedom, I guess.  Sure liked this cool, bare, slightly ratted El Camino, though. But i you're going to operate an El Camino in the Low Countries, you had better make sure all the drain holes are operational, or you'll end up with a duck pond back there.

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