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, November 10, 2012

Is that a Land Rover?

Can it be? I think it must be. Anyone know for sure? The nameplate says Austin. Photo, from Iceland, courtesy Guido Goluke.


  1. It's an Austin Gypsy or Austn Champ, Austin's effort at displacing the Land Rover. It was aimed first and foremost at the growing military market but they were more complex and expensive than Land Rovers.

    Classic and Sports Car wrote a fine article on these rare models.

  2. ...and the one next to it looks like a Yak, a Chinese miniature of the Dodge Powerwagon [sort of] from, well, I saw them in Nepal in the late '70s...ran a simple four cylinder flathead and seemed like you could keep it repaired with baling wire and imagination.