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.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thing of Beauty, Thing of Not: BMW i3 & International Harvester

Saw my first BMW i3, which is all electric. Reminded me of a Pontiac Aztek.  It's not nearly as beautiful as the I-H, is it? On the other hand, global warming is the issue and I'm all for alternatives to the internal combustion engine. I love old trucks, feel a bit guilty about it, and would never buy a new one. I tell myself by driving only cars &d trucks that are ancient (the Volvo is 19 years old, the trucks are 41 and 30 years old, respectively ) at least I'm recycling, and the total miles per year is pretty small, since I bike to work.
Anyway, why does the Beemer have to look so**^#@ ugly? All plasticky and toylike? I guess it's a car for people who really don't like cars.

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