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, December 6, 2013

1980 Scout II, Diesel & Winter Makers' Market Tonight

I'm having a very metrosexual week, working on my novel at Crema, a coffeeshop in urbane Portland, Maine. I feel somewhat hip. The coffee is okay and they've let me sit here for hours, reading through a 534pp first draft, making around a zillion notes. I'll call it a first draft, because it's the first print-out of the entire ms., but, line by line, it's more like the sixtieth. I was starting to feel dispirited, alone in the basement office in Freeport, wrestling with the ending of the book. Much more cheerful here. Writing is a lonely trade which is why you see so many of us in coffeeshops.  The bonus is coming across cool street machines like this 1980 Scout II, which I met here on Commercial Street yesterday. I like the original late-70s interior decor.  Jud Macintosh at Motorland Vintage in Biddeford Maine has her for sale: t 603. 817.1538. 
Speaking of Portland, The Winter Makers' Market happens tonight, Friday evening, at the Milk Farm Road Studio in Portland, with amazing artists and craftspeople---one of the stars being the astonishing jeweler (and Portland native) BB..

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