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.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

South Saskatchewan Truck Herd, Pronghorns, Churches and CARRY ME

From our man in south Saskatchewan, the painter Alex Emond: "I took a little ,much needed, break last week and went out to Sask. for a few days . Work in Banff has been a little too steady , more like relentless , but that's how it goes sometimes , so you make hay while the sun shines and plan your getaways . It was cold and windy out there but still great to drive a few more of those endless roads and learn more about the area . I stopped on a hill northwest of Wood Mountain and glassed around and spied a church way off on a range road . Quite unusual ... Russian Orthodox , built a hundred years ago...

"The antelope were just off the same road . They have to be the fastest creatures in the western hemisphere; when they decide to bolt, they just fly...

"There is a junkyard on the edge of Wood Mountain with a tantalizing row of beat up old stuff . A few old trucks that I assume are for sale . The country is getting picked over but it's a long way from being picked clean . There are always posters for auctions pinned up in stores , restaurants and a person could spend a part of every week chasing those down . I've only been to a couple ... interesting way to waste an afternoon . 
      I picked up your book in Cowtown on my way to Ponteix. Fantastic. Can't get it out of my head . Cheers"--AE
Autoliterate: From a review of CARRY ME in New York Times this week:“Behrens captures his narrator’s naïveté and the casual anti-Semitism of the times with great skill and intelligence . . . as true an observation about human nature as there is.”
—Dennis Bock, The New York Times Book Review (Sunday, March 20, 2016)

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