Trucks, cars, highways, landscape, good writing.
"You cannot travel on the path, before you have become the Path itself."
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.
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 www.peterbehrens.org 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.
Further field notes from Becky Smith, on the road in a 2003 Toyota Tacoma, from LA to NYC via New Orleans:
"The first night, I go to bed at 8pm - and I don't get up until 6:40 the next morning. We go back to the rim of the canyon, and it's a beautiful morning. Fourteen degrees fahrenhett, but no wind.
"Day Two is a spectacular drive along the south side of the canyon, heading east. We turn south and at Flagstaff catch I-40, going east. Today while driving I listen to Craig's mix tape - but there's too much country, and I pronounce harsh judgement on many tunes, skipping around to find Amos Lee, Muddy Waters, and other musicians who bring me joy. We finally settle on Bob Dylan - and I sing along for four hours, until we reach Santa Fe."--B