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.

Friday, April 3, 2015

1956 Oldsmobile 88, on the way home

 I caught  the Olds in Wiscasset.  An April tradition: the first trip downeast, heading for the Blue Hill Peninsula and HOME. There is an astounding amount of snow here, compared to southern Maine. It was the warmest day of the Spring, so far-- nearly 60 F degrees, but there's more grimness on the way. I heard six inches of snow expected tomorrow in The County (Aroostook, that is.) Cold rain due here, and some wild winds. There's ice in Blue Hill Bay, unheard of in April. I'm going to go down and have a peek at Center Harbor tomorrow, to see what's afloat. Still, I love this Spring, harsh as it has been so far. Green shoots struggle through the permafrost, and there is a wild abundance of light. Downeast Mainers can be snarly this time of year, like cats who've been locked up in a house too long. Town Meeting is tomorrow, a mud season tradition.
Hey, looks like I was right: the hood ornament on that Chevy in New Mexico was from a '56 or '55 Olds.

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