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.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Donald Trump & Fear & Gun Passion (in Maine).

Mary Behrens spotted this one outside an auction house in Maine. I don't know who's more afraid--the guy who drives this truck, or the rest of us.
I think, him, probably.
Gun fetish.
I think of my uncles, infantry, WWII, at the bitter sharp edge of the war from Normandy into Germany. Hated guns. Despised them. Wouldn't have them in their houses.


  1. Makes me ashamed to drive a Tundra...but then again I don't have a Texas Tundra; mine's pre-Bush.
    Also brings to mind the scary prescience of the settings in "Carry Me"...written, and carefully researched, before the current electoral madness was even on the horizon.

  2. Makes me think of the old Beatles song... " Hey Bungallo Bill , what did you kill Bungallo Bill ? " This is the " Home of the Brave " ? Hopefully this idiot will put enough stickers on this windshield that he'll T-bone another gun loving coward .