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.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

La Belle Province

October starts me thinking of home. J'etais nee au Quebec, moi. These photos were taken by Aidan O'Neill and Mary Behrens a few years ago on the Lower North Shore (of the St Lawrence) around Tadoussac, which is maybe the oldest European settlement in Canada. At Tadoussac the deep cold Saguenay R. flows into the St Lawrence, and the churn of waters there makes a feeding ground for white whales--beluga (see the last photo of the set).  One of the great road trips in North America follows the north shore of  the St Lawrence from Quebec City along the coast of Charlevoix County---to Tadoussac. Then cross over to the South Shore on one of the ferries (Baie Comeau or St Simeon---you'll see whales out in the river) and drive around the coast of the Gaspe peninsula. October is good. Go now. There are caribou in the mountains in the interior of the GaspĂ©. Doing a magazine story on the Lexus SC430 two-seater a few years back, we drove the car from Maine to the point where the road on the North American mainland littoral stops---which is on the north shore of the St Lawrence, a few miles past Natashquan, and a few miles (kilometers!) southeast of the Quebec/Labrador border.


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