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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Brooklin, Maine, United States
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.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Way Out West Department: Mid-Sixties Chevrolet C10 & GMC C10, Marfa Texas & Clayton NM

I caught the derelict but viable-as-a-project Chevy C-10 stepside in Clayton New Mexico, out there in the high dry air of Union County, in the northeast corner of the state. Union County NM is roughly the size of Connecticut with a pop. of about 4000. I was on the road heading for Llano Estacado, doing on-the-ground research for my novel CARRY ME which comes out in 3--count 'em, 3--weeks. 
Here are some links if you'd like to pre-order first editions  at Indiebound, Amazon, or Chapters Indigo (Canada). The Canadian and American first editions have different jackets and the books are designed differently. If you're a collector you may want to grab one of both, and I'll be happy to sign 'em when I'm out on the road trip/book tour this spring. Some dates are up here. Starting at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison CT on February 24. 
Did my Harvard/Radcliffe Institute talk/lecture/reading last Wednesday. SRO, which was fun, in the Sheer Room at Faye House. Many thanks to friends who showed up, some on the longhaul from Downeast Maine. There is a feature on us (BB, HBB, me) in Radcliffe Magazine this month; the online version links to a video interview--"PB-A Writer On Writing". Though if you're an Autoliterateur, I doubt you really need to hear more of me on that subject. 
The GMC below is a going concern, one of the Marfa (Texas) truck herd. I like everything about it except the wheels. Steelies and dog-dish caps for me, always. 


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