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, October 2, 2015

The Bow Tie Ride, the Bike that Runs Like a Deere, and...Donald Trump on a bicycle?

We're back in bikeville. After our stay in the Netherlands we badly missed the biking life. Maine is more or less a bike-free zone. Oh, there are dedicated bikers in the Pine Tree State, and some great routes, but life is not organized spatially to make bikes viable, even in urban centers. Cambridge, Mass., where we're spending the year, is a different story. It's probably halfway between Maine and Holland on the continuum of bikeability. We're on our bikes every day. Sometimes it is hard not to feel that biking is the answer to almost everything: fitness, air quality, human interaction, community building, sprawl. Are bikes the best response to The Way We Live Now? Read Basha Burwell's post on The Oog about a wonderful biking event in our fair city last weekend.
I guess you'll never see Donald Trump biking. If you google Donald Trump + bike, this is what comes up. The Trump Tower of choppers.
I can imagine Hilary biking, if she thought she had the time--but she'd probably never believe she had the time.
See below. Can you believe that John Deere once sold bicycles? From their website:
" In 1894 Deere responded to the popularity of bicycles by offering three models – the Deere Leader, the Deere Roadster, and the Moline Special. The bicycle fad fizzled in a
few years. In the 1970s, the company returned briefly to the bicycle business..."

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