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, April 19, 2013

Blue Day, Downeast Maine

That springtime blue sky was a knockout when we drove up to our Peninsula a couple days back. Where does "Downeast" Maine start? That is a matter of dispute, but I would say that once you cross the Penobscot River (and the new Penobscot Narrows bridge is a striking, modern beauty) you are Downeast. From Bucksport to Eastport = Downeast.
Belfast isn't quite Downeast but it's an interesting town. Most of downtown is red brick from the 1880s-- and showing lots of life these days. There's a new boatyard in town--The Front Street Shipyard ; a wonderful independent bookstore--The Left Bank; and a great cafe, bakery and art gallery called Chase's Daily, an outstanding exception to the rule that restaurant art=bad art. Shows at Chase's are always carefully curated and intriguing. Paul Oberst is up right now.
     A couple miles up the road, in Searsort, this hardworking blue Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 20 caught our eye. There's one up on ebay.

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