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.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

American Houses: Cambridge, Mass., between Harvard Square and Inman Square

This was the first American urban neighborhood I spent much time in. Over the last three decades--especially since Cambridge put an end to rent control--many houses and apartment buildings in this part of town have been considerably tuned-up. Harvard probably owns much of the real estate. There are some ungentrified properties still. Harvard Square lost much character after the chain stores moved in; it's a lot more like anywhere else now. There used to be a profusion of bookshops, new and used, but most are gone though Harvard Bookshop and the Grolier are still hanging in there.
These photographs were made on a cold, bare day in mid-January before the massive perma-snows began.

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