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 www.peterbehrens.org 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.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mike Moore & Earl Swift: The Auto-biographers. And the 1957 Chevrolet Station Wagon.


             If you're here on Autoliterate,  you're probably a car guy, or car girl, & there are 2 astounding car books I will strongly recommend.
             It's a weak genre, often sluggish with either sentimentality or hobbyist jargon--sometimes both--but in the last couple of years I've come across these genre-busting car books. Both sport very close to the same--apparently irresistible--title.
           Mike Moore's Auto Biographies is an artist's book: limited production, signed copies. It is a remarkable read and A beautiful artwork in which Moore documents with drawings and texts pretty much every car he's ever owned-- as well as 22 houses he's lived in.
               Earl Swift's Auto Biography: A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead and 57 Years of the American Dream was the best book I read over the summer, on any subject. My favorite review:
"A big, weird, heartfelt book about a badass who could give a damn whether you root for him or not.
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 "It's the best contemporary book I've read about automobiles since A.J. Baime's Go Like Hell, and I enjoyed the hell out of that" Matt Hardigree, Jalopnik.com
"I've never met Earl Swift, but from the very first page of this book I liked him. Auto Biography is exuberant, big-spirited, and more than occasionally profound."
Tracy Kidder, author of Mountains Beyond Mountains
"Auto Biography is a great read, with the cast, dialog and drama of a novel."
Detroit Free Press
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