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.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cambridge Safari & the Urban Land Rover

Cambridge is not a great habitat for old trucks. On the ride to school HBB did point out this nimble and neatly configured SWB Land Rover.  One of my favorites. Were you following AL a few years back when we were reporting from the Netherlands you might have noted our interest in the Dutch obsession with Land Rovers. L-R's play 2 different roles in the NL, from what we can tell. They are very high-status personal vehicles, which cost the owner a lot of euros in license tax before they're allowed on the road. Since commercial vehicles are taxed differently L-R's are also quite common as commercial/service vehicles, farm trucks, etc.  But was strange in such an urbanized, civilzed and densely populated corner of Europe to see so many L-R's rumbling about.

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