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, April 2, 2016

1962 Chevrolet Impala, Colorado Springs

When I'm in The Springs I get my hair cut at the Downtown Barber Shop on Willamette Street; have been going there as long as I have been Visiting Writer at Colorado College. The owner and only barber, Genaro Vasquez, is an old Navy guy, who grew up down the road in Pueblo. I thought he was maybe late 60s but I think he told me a couple years ago that he was eighty, and that was then. He keeps a stationery bike in the shop which he rides between haircuts, which perhaps explains the great shape he's in. Serendipitous things happen when I let myself hang out in places that have the right there I was getting my haircut ($16)  when this gorgeous sea-mist green Impala pulls up outside. The owner came in for a haircut and I got the story on the car, which has been repainted once and has had an engine rebuild. Spent its whole life between Colorado Springs and Scottsdale AZ. The car is in very clean shape and it's that best of old rides, a cool daily driver and not a trailer queen.

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