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 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.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Hi-Lo Country


Took a drive through NE New Mexico, into the Texas Panhandle. Then from Dalhart TX back north through Cimarron County, Oklahoma. That whole region is the Hi-Lo country, which is stark and beautiful, and kind of wrecked from being farmed and ranched and irrigated. Must have been grassland at one time. It was the heart of the Dustbowl in the 1930s. I'll be posting some more about it over the next little while. A few images to start.
I stayed at the Eklund Hotel in Clayton NM. Great saloon.



First town in Texas on this trip  was...Texline. 
 I loved being back in Texas again. Light and dust and blue sky.
                                                                The road to Dalhart, Texas. 
Where they have a handsome movie theatre.

And I had a long talk with the bootmaker. Said the best thing to rub into leather was vegetable oil. More images from the Hi-Lo in another post. Also a truck I hope some AL subscriber will buy. Hell, I would have bought it if I didn't have 2 already. I was still tempted. Check here tomorrow.

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