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.

Friday, March 8, 2013

mud season, then boat season

Okay, 80 degrees in West Texas must mean it is getting close to mud season, back in Maine. Which makes me start thinking about going down to the sea in ships. Or boats, anyway. Or one boat--our Scout. Currently wintering (almost springing) in Bill Grant's Boatyard in Sedgwick, ME.

      Things are cranking up in Maine, boat-wise, because the  Maine Boatbuilders Show approacheth, in Portland, 3/15-3/17. Our friends from Off Center Harbor--the only website with classic boat videos and wooden boat blogs, started by leaders in the field--will be there. These are the guys who, if you dropped them off on a Maine island with a jackknife, and maybe some Geary's, could probably build you a schooner, then teach you how to sail it. 
        Artisan Boatworks will also be there...below) is OWL,  a wooden lobster yacht built by Newbert & Wallace in 1957, which they are re-tuning...

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