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.

Monday, July 14, 2014

"Tammy" & the car movie genre

thanks to Colin Brown for the heads-up on this excellent article.

In Praise of Car Movies

And why 'Tammy' veers into a ditch full of hatred for the poor and heavyset.
By Dorothy Woodend, 12 Jul 2014,

"Many things happen in cars. Virginities are lost, songs are sung, conversations are had, babies are made and life is changed. Some of the greatest American movies involve people in cars going places. Think Bonnie and Clyde, Easy Rider, Vanishing Point, Wild at Heart,Badlands, and of course Thelma & Louise.

"Other than vehicular matters, what do all of these films have in common? They all involve a certain level of banditry, outlaw culture, and ultimately, escape from the ordinary world.

If you're expecting Tammy to be in this same school, you will be sadly mistaken. Despite the presence of Susan Sarandon and a car, this film feels more like the anti-Thelma & Louisemovie. But that is not its worst crime..."

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