Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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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.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cuba Cars: 1957 DeSoto, 1950 Chevrolet, etc

Thanks to Tim Pearson for these notes, and Seth Pearson for photos, from Cuba:
"As you can see most of the rolling stock is either pre-1960 American or pre-1991 Lada. Most of the vintage American cars lost their engines years ago. Many have Asian or European diesels under the hood. The 50 Chevy we are examining had a Volga four cylinder as its power source (an optimistic pairing given the weight of the Chevy and the lack of power delivered by the Russian four). My neck hurt the first couple of days from twisting my head to see all of the remarkable old cars. Cuba = Good cars, music, food, and plenty of decaying infrastructure."--Tim Pearson

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