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, May 27, 2017

Langdon Clay's Night Cars: 1965 Chrysler Newport

Walker Evans meets William Eggleston in the middle of the night. Very nice. Beautiful book. Night Cars

Friday, May 26, 2017

1958 Ford Fairlane (retractable)

from The Old Motor. Elegant women. Very cool. But the '58 Ford is a dog, though '57 and '59 are wonderful. Amazing what a little sheet metal can do. The Ford retractables never looked good with the roof up: the proportions are all wrong, the cars seem heavy in the tail.

1955-59 Willys Jeep Overland Utility Wagon

Craig Manning caught the wagon at Santa Barbara. I recall a fishing trip with my father in northern Quebec-the guide had one of these. Forget fish--all I wanted to do was get my hands on the wheel. Basha Burwell saw one of these downeast, on Isle au Haut, last summer. And Lee Saloutos caught the Sedan Delivery version in Reno. And how about this Jeep pickup of the same era in Stonington, Maine?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

1959 El Camino

Lee Saloutos caught the cat's eye El Camino in Reno. It's for sale: Valhalla Auto: (775) 827-1611 Some El Caminos in rougher shape were posted on AL here. And a dusty '59 in Banff. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Brooklin Blackfish

 Blackfish, a custom-designed 49' cold-molded racer/cruiser, launched last week at the Brooklin Boatyard.

Monday, May 22, 2017

New York Times piece: "Truckers Feel Like Throwaway People"

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — The vast Petro truck stop here is a neon-lit, blacktop oasis at the crossroads of America. It beckons big-rig drivers with showers, laundry machines, a barber shop, even a knife store. “Professional drivers only,” reads the sign above the tables of the Iron Skillet restaurant, where truckers sit mostly alone, carrying the solitude of their jobs into an otherwise social setting.
Driving a long-haul tractor-trailer is as commonplace as the items that drivers carry, from blue jeans to blueberries, from toilet paper for Walmart to farm machinery bound for export. There are 1.7 million men and women working as long-haul drivers in the country. Yet truckers — high up in their cabs — are literally out of view for most Americans...
from the piece in today's New York Times

1976 Ford Bronco

Thanks to my sister-in-law Kyle Knodt who spotted the Bronc in Portland, Maine. They looked an awful lot like I-H Scouts for a while.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

1956 Ford Ranch Wagon

Thanks to Skye Wentworth for the heads-up on this photo which was in Maine magazine, I believe. Hidden Pond is in Kennebunkport. And speaking of '56 Fords, how about this F-250?

Friday, May 19, 2017

1945 Chevrolet, downsized

from Michael Moore: "The Big Surprise for my [I hesitate to admit it it but what the hell] 75th birthday was that Linda commissioned one [and only one] of these from Tony Esola, the jewelry/metal arts shop manager at CCA just before she herself retired; (See the original here--AL)

"...Handformed copper, patina’d with sterling silver accents, all interpolated from photos she brought him, somewhere between 1/43 and 1/24 scale...

"Holy shit, eh?

"Tony’s always had a car thing going…here, years ago, was his BFA project;

[these were tiny, tiny…the cards above them are postcard size.

But he also has a ’55 stepside he converted to fourwheel drive twenty years ago…and still drives.

Anyway, since we’re talkin’ miniatures here, this was some surprise.

1972 Chevrolet K20 (for sale)

On ebay in Ohio.

Odds & Ends: Dodge sheetmetal

Basha Burwell caught this rig in the parking lot of the New Hampshire State Liquor Store off I-95 a couple of miles north of the Mass. line. NH make money selling booze to Mass. residents, who can only buy in small, usually overpriced and understocked neighborhood liquor stores in the Bay State. What are the ethics of one state earning revenue selling booze & cigarettes in huge emporia located right on the interstates? (There are 18 miles of NH on I-95 between Mass. and Maine and easy-off 2 liquor barns in either direction.)
Oh well, no one ever said it was ethical. 
Live Free or Die. I never really believed that "or". Let's get real. Living free or not, it's still "and".

Thursday, May 18, 2017

1950 Pontiac Silver Streak

Thanks to Anne Lennox. All photos  ©2017Anne Lennox