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.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Plain Jane. The Chevrolet C10. Donald Judd. Marfa.

The C-10 is about as basic a truck as exists. Though it is badged as a "Custom Deluxe", it ain't either. Come to think of it, any model called a "Custom" by Detroit was usually close to a stripper. Weren't Ford Custom sedans shrunk-down Fairlanes and Galaxies?  Anyway, the C10. Something about its plainness and boxiness of line appeals. I want to keep taking pictures of it. It's a very Judd-looking truck. Seems to suit Marfa landscape. No cruciform doors...but you know what I mean. A rigorously organized shape.
This truck spent most of its life employed as a work truck by the City of Marfa, painted schoolbus yellow. I bought it from Lencho three years ago. Hector Sanchez painted it for me. BB picked out the color: she liked the ivory of Roy the Ford guy's mid-70s F-150, so we went for Ford ivory. Came out well. Maybe bigger tires next time around.

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