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, February 16, 2016

Once Were the World: Dinky Toys, etc.

from Michael Moore: "I was taking some shots of the collection for my brother in Italy and thought to them along to you as well…
The idea of Dinky Toys reaching across an ocean and a continent to end up on the shelves of tiny five-and-dimes in obscure American suburbs [La Canada still had dirt sidewalks then] in the fifties continues to amaze me.…of course they’re not all Dinks, either, and some [as above,] predate me going to that five and dime

"…but they had Matchbox too...
"These little cast lead deals were a nickel, came on a piece of printed cardboard, I think. U.S. made. The carhaulers were above my paygrade back then;

"…coupla Tootsietoys from Chicago U.S.A. there in the middle....Matchbox compressor truck; 

"…Dinky ambulance [quite antique] and Jeep. Most of these are not survivors of MY [+ my younger brothers’] childhoods, but gathered later from various sources. I’ve more or less quit doing that [TOO much stuff] but my bro occasionally finds some gem in a European flea market and passes it on…"--MSM

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