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.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Task Force Suburban: Marfa 1959 Chevrolet Apache 31

We flew from West Texas back to Maine. It was -4F degrees when we arrived at Portland Jetport. Cold fog was blowing into the baggage claim area every time someone opened a door. Welcome to Maine. Our flight was late, so there were no cabs. Took a half hour for one to arrive. A very calm, very cold Somalian driver. We got home at 3am. The thing is, we like living in places that are very hard to get to (it's one reason why we can afford to live in them), so travel days are always arduous. Can't complain. No matter how it's sliced, a flawless trip Maine-to-Marfa is 14 hours. Right now I'm looking out at mid-tide on Casco Bay. This cove is not quite frozen solid, but almost. And I'm thinking of our friends back in Marfa, and our little adobe, and some dusty trucks...and that West Texas light.  This truck one of the Task Force-era Chevy trucks: we've found others in Marfa. More in the Marfa Truck Series a while back. And Bill Burleson owned one in Banff.

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