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 an '86 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of '97 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 27 years--we're recycling. I've published 2 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), and THE O'BRIENS (2012), and 2 collections of stories NIGHT DRIVING (1987), and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). Novel # 3, CARRY ME, will be out from Pantheon (US) and House of Anansi (Canada) in February 2016 and by Editions Philippe-Rey (Paris). More of my book stuff at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I've been teaching at Colorado College, Wichita State, and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I'll be a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right. It's free. Never an ad, never a sales pitch.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Donald Judd in SoHo & Marfa & the Pinto Canyon Road

NYT piece today on DJ's digs in SoHo. And below, one of our favorite spaces at Chinati, the Judd (museum?  institution? cavalry post? antelope refuge?) in Marfa. And here's a link to an Autoliterate link to a NYT piece on Judd's Dodge Power Wagon. And below, below, because my whole family is missing West Texas badly, a photo taken on that old beloved Pinto Canyon Road. And hell, since we're already on the Pinto Canyon Road, may as well get a truck shot in.

The boatyard truck: 1931 Ford Model A pickup.

1961 International Harvester 110. Fort Davis, Texas

David Branch, our man in far-West Texas, found the IH in Fort Davis. (Autoliterate discovered an original of the 1960 edition of this truck for sale in Vancouver last year.) This truck looks original-- maybe even original paint?--and if it has spent most of its life in Jeff Davis County there's probably very little rust. Drop in a new engine (or maybe just a tune-up) and she might go another 50 years.
                                                       all images ©2013 David Branch

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

1971 Land Rover

New England field notes from Jarrod McCabe
 "Here’s a man who drives his truck.
’71 Land Rover found in Littleton NH.
Owner, Chris Komar.has a 98 drivetrain in it.
The power is diesel and gets damn good mileage compared what I’ve heard these things normally get.
We talked quite a bit about how he keeps the rust off while driving it year round in New Hampshire. 
He keeps notes on his windshield and you’ll see the names scratched into the hood of people he’s met out four-wheeling."--JM 
(More Land Rover AL posts:

"Couple" Bruce Willard poem

                                                                  image ©2013 Basha Burwell

You said I was the gas
and someone needed to be
the brake. We never talked
of steering, choosing
the road. I guess
we always knew
which road we were on.

You said I was the gas
and someone needed to be
the brake. But we broke
so memorably,
broke with a flair
that kept us intact

barely aware of the winding
rush of air through our hair.
We were road-bound, driven,
Between the shoulders, our hearts

Moved by something we knew
not to name.
                                                     "Couple" from HOLDING GROUND (c) 2013 by Bruce Willard. With permission of Four Way Books. All rights reserved.