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.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Armistice Day (Remembrance Day) in Montreal.


Sgt John J.K. O'Brien, RCAF.  Jack became very ill in Africa and was flown home to die at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal.
November 11th. At 11pm there was always the 2-minute silence in the city. Lingering ghosts from WWI (as well as WWII) haunted Montreal when I was growing up. There was the soldier at the Cenotaph, with the angel fluttering over his shoulder, pointing the way--to where, exactly? The sound of the guns? Death? Afterlife?  And at Lower Canada College, all those portraits of Old Boys, with their slicked-back hair and itchy woolen hockey sweaters, killed in the trenches.  There's a chapter in The O'Briens that's on Dominon Square (now Dorchester Square) in Montreal during an Armistice Day commemoration in the early 1920s.
Jack's name is on the Westmount (Montreal) Cenotaph.


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