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.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

1916 Delage, and 3D Printing. And Strine iksents.

Check the link for the story on 3D printing a  16-cylinder engine block from a 1914 Delage racecar. Thanks to Larry Nordell who got the story from by an old Caltech buddy, Jim Sorenson. You have to be able to handle Strine iksents to listen to, and understand, the link. 
No problem, myte.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Carry Me , the 100 year plan

My third novel, Carry Me, is a finalist for the Vine Canadian Jewish Literature Award
Not bad for an Irish Catholic with a German name. Hono(u)red.
Behrens is a master, at home in the broad sweep of history and the intimate detail of a character’s experience. This is a novel that could be, should be, read in a hundred years– The Jury

1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR: "Unsafe at Any Speed" by Ralph Nader

from Matt Dallett, who may know something about tort law: "Not easy to take a pic while trying to maintain a modest distance in uneven rush hour traffic. Anyway, it's a Corvair with a Ralph Nader for President sticker.‎ In Revere, Mass."
A Chevy Corvair at Ralph Nader’s new American Museum of Tort Law, in his hometown of Winsted, Conn.

Friday, August 18, 2017

1963 Buick Skylark

Up for auction at Owl's Head Museum in Rockalnd, Maine on Saturday August 19. They say 46k original miles.

Organic 1966 Chevrolet K-10

Up for auction at Owl's Head Museum, Rockland, Maine. Tomorrow, Saturday August 19. Details here. 

1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88

Some nice summer cars are up for auction tomorrow at Owl's Head Museum in Rockland, Maine.
How about a 1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 convertible with 32000 miles?

1959 Mercury M-350

from Alex Emond in south Saskatchewan: Here's a fine old farm truck from Ponteix, Saskatchewan. Chunky, no frills work truck. I'd call it " Mercules ". It's got a PTO dump option so the bed tips up to offload. Cool. Maybe not as tough as this Buffalo bull but close . Cheers, Alex 
p.s. The bison was south of town in the Grasslands National Park ...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Schooner Victory Chimes, Great Cove, Eggemoggin Reach, Maine

 Squirrelly wind out in the Reach, gusting 20 knots SSE. She's on anchor, nose in the wind and dropping sails. The eighteen-wheeler of her day.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Albuquerque 1966 Ford F100 Custom Cab

Michael Moore caught the Ford in Albuquerque. That NM light is unique. Or maybe it's just the adobe.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Charlottesville and American Muscle

Thanks to Matt Dallet for the heads-up on this thought-provoking piece from CityLab

Monday, August 14, 2017

1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe

This car has spent its entire life on our Maine peninsula.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Frenchboro, Swans Island and Burnt Coat Harbor

Out to Frenchboro today, on Long Island in Jericho Bay, below Swans Island, to collect wrack wood for my friend Bill Mayher's sculptures. We anchor on the leeward of East Beach which is a narrow spit at the eastern end of the island---the wood and debris piles up on the windward side of the spit. Pretty much open ocean out beyond that. The viewabove is looking back from Casco Passage to Mount Desert Island. Below is coming into Lunt's Harbor at Frenchboro on Long Island.
From Frenchboro we went on to Burnt Coat Harbor at Swans Island for gas. The lighthouse at the head of the harbor, which is very well-protected anchorage.
 Working waterfront on Swans Island ...."working" hereabouts means lobstering.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

1969 International Harvester, New Mexico Tru

Thanks to Michael Moore: "Marshall Berg’s former logger’s truck, restored/maintained by the former owner, which MB plans to use in his chile roasting business to demonstrate and distribute la maquina in New Mexico.."