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.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Gertrude Stein, Andrew Cross, and ALONG SOME AMERICAN HIGHWAYS

"Think of anything, of cowboys, of movies, of detective stories, of anybody who goes anywhere or stays at home and is an American and you will realize it is something strictly American to conceive a space that is filled with moving, a space of time that is filled, always filled, with moving."--Gertrude Stein

"Roads no longer merely lead to places; they are places. And as always they serve two important roles: as promoters of growth and dispersion, and as magnets around which new kinds of development can cluster. In a modern landscape no other space has been so versatile."--John Brinckerhoff Jackson

Both quotes found in Andrew Cross' book, Along Some American Highways,  a collection of the British photographer's cold-eyed images of our speedy, troubled landscape. You probably know about Stein..who was not always as articulate as she sounds above. Should you want to find out more about Jackson, founder of Landscape magazine, you might start with an Autoliterate post from last year. And should you want to buy Cross' book..I found my copy in The Hague last winter, but you can get it on Amazon. For 99 cents, last time I checked.

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