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.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Black Livery Cars, NYC

Now that the Lincoln Town Car has gone the way of the dodo bird, it seems the livery car market in NYC is dominated by the GM truck trio: many, many shiny Cadillac Escalades (doesn't that mean "Social Climber"?) or its corporate cousins, the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon. You see the odd Ford Expedition in black, with livery plates, and the rare Lincoln Navigator, but GM seems to own the trade. Re meter cabs:  Saul Leiter's multicolored cabs are of course long gone, and so are the Checkers of the Sixties and Seventies, the boxy Chevys of the Nineties, and the Crown Vics of the 2000s. Now it's a medley of mostly imports. Perhaps Toyota has a plurality, with the Highlander, but there are many different species of yellow cab out there.


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