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, September 15, 2014

Brooklyn to Marfa in the Chevrolet Apache

                                                                                ©2014Don Culbertson
If you follow the blog you know we have a weakness for Apaches. Just google "autoliterate" and "Apache" and you'll see. We also appreciate the alertness and sense of adventure that long trips in old trucks demand. Especially trips to Texas. I first saw Marfa through the windshield of 1952 Chevrolet ex-grain truck, making the long haul from Banff, Alberta to the Rio Grande back in the day when you could still get breakfast at Carmen's. I remember it was February, I'd never been out of Canada in the winter before, and it was 62 degrees (F) at 9 AM on the sidewalk in front of Carmen's. Stunning.
You've seen this truck on the blog before. Belongs to Sean Wilsey. I first read about in a Diary piece Sean did for the London Review, about the first of many trips the Apache has made between Marfa and Brooklyn.

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