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, January 31, 2014

1942 Chevrolet Panel Truck

I was becoming morose about Maine winter and the lack of interesting metal on the roads hereabouts--almost anything noteworthy in New England is tucked away in a barn until spring. I was about to circulate a whining note to Autoliterates in the South & West asking for some photographic input, when out of the blue Michael S Moore sent these shots from the Bay Area:
             "First day in Benicia and, lacking the rain we so sorely need I ride my bike down to the jetty to find this 1942 Chevy panel truck...the rarest of the rare [it having been wartime and all;
It lives in Vallejo, the guy's owned it for thirty years, drives it all the time [says he's on his third engine - a crate 350 with less than 1000 miles on it]...
Inspired me to pull the tarp off the '45 and see if it would fire up.  It did. 
Ah, California...record drought makes for year-round driving weather..." --MSM

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