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.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sleek: the Bugatti Type 57 & Citroën Traction Avant

"Sleek" is not what AL typically asks for in a vehicle: the 1951 Chevrolet pickup is perhaps our ideal set of wheels.
Nonetheless, the 1934 Bugatti Type 57 here at the Louwman Museum  in the NL was an eye-popper. Aluminum body on the Type 57 frame. 135hp (less than my Volvo) Top speed 155km/h.
The Europeans at their best tend to do "sleek" rather well, for example the Citroën Traction-avant.
Apologies for the chopped-off photo of the Bug (below):  I was wrangling two 6-year-old criminals doing their skillful best to get us banished from the museum.

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