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.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Power Wagon That Went to Harvard

 Somehow I don't expect to see great trucks parked on the streets of Cambridge, MA. It just doesn't seem that kind of town. Anyway, here we are, a couple blocks north of Harvard Law School, where a flotilla of new lawyers in cap and gown were being awarded their diplomas--actually it's Commencement Day all over Harvard, and Mass Ave is crowded with robes and mortarboards and the girls in their summer dresses (its 93F, and humid)---and I spot this wonderful bare tough and perfectly clean Dodge. Wow. My kind of truck. Don't know the vintage but I remember driving this era of Mopar on a ranch in Alberta, in 1976---the body type lasted into the 90s, when it was replaced by the bulbous mock-macho of the subsequent Dodge/Ram gestalt, trucks which maybe were designed by Sylvester Stallone, or Steven Seagull or whatever his name was. (Here's another mid 70s Power Wagon, on Bangshift)

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