Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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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.

Monday, April 7, 2014

1968 Citroen truck in the Ardennes

from Guido Goluke, Dutch translator of On the Road (and many other):

"Beste Peter, have just returned from a cycle trip to the Bourgogne, France, to friends of mine who live there. It was a journey of 9 days and just over 1000 kms, that started with cold weather and hail in the dark Ardennes. In the Ardennes it was so cold that I feared the long descents (joy of every cyclist), because after a clammy, sweaty arrival at the top the zooming downhill was chilling indeed. Further south the sun warmed the spirit, and after day 4, arm and leg warmers were only donned in the hazy mornings.
    "En route I came through a village, where I found this 1968 Citroen truck, still in full use to deliver the weekly portion of burgundy red to the villagers. The driver/wineman was very amused and puzzled by my interest in his truck – ‘it’s just a truck’.  Yes, a faithful beast carting the weekly wine around!"-GG

1 comment:

  1. Just a truck indeed ! Lessee now ... classic truck ... check .. wine ... good wine no doubt ... check ... Nope ! More than just a truck and a whole lot more