Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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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.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

LL Bean's bootmobile & Jimmy Steele's peapod.

Bean boots (formerly the Maine Hunting Shoe, aka DUCK BOOTS) went crazy popular last year, in a sort of frenzied-Japanese teenager way.  I hear they were back-ordered for months. Bean warily booted up production, figuring the hotness wouldn't last. They've been there before, riding the trend wave. It comes and it goes. I remember another phase of duck boot  hyper-hipness @1980.
I think I recognize a Dodge (or is that Ram?) under there.
In Maine, the rubber heels of worn-out duck boots are often used as bumpers/fenders at the bow and stern of a Peapod. Now, you know what a Peapod is, right? And you know that Jimmy Steele, of Brooklin, Maine built some classics of the genre.

1 comment:

  1. Originally those were called ' Duck Boots ' and still are today by those of us of a certain age