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, May 19, 2019

1990 Dodge Ram 150

Reid Cunningham saw the truck on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I like Dodge trucks before they were fed steroids in the mid 1990s. We've posted a 1990 Dodge D 250 from West Texas.
Reid spotted this 1963 Chevrolet C20 on the streets of le Plateau Mont-Royal a while back.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ55

This truck is coming up for auction at B-a-T.
Here's another L-C, from Cambridge, Mass. And if you type "cruiser' into the AL search widget, up there on the right, you'll catch a bunch more.

Dodge 4x4 Van, Outer Banks

from Reid Cunningham: "We were on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the local Food Lion parking lot in Avon had a couple of potential autoliterate trucks. This was a Dodge van converted to four wheel drive. We saw a half dozen conversions, mostly Ford's and pretty done up. I liked this one because the rest of the van was perfectly stock. Perfect for taking you and 11 friends over the sands to a remote beach for the day. Hope all is well with you."

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Absent Hand: Reimagining Our American Landscape by Suzannah Lessard

p19 "The idea that country is good and suburbia a structure of feeling deep set in the progressive mind of our times."

p21 "...the mystery of suburbophobia...We were in one of the most fashionable parts of the Berkshires, pastoral though it appeared to be...Didn't they realize the countryside they lived in was really a kind of picturesque park, an amenity, a redoubt of privilege?"

p72 The contemporary experience of air travel offers "an environment that is like nothing so much as throwaway packaging, but with a godlike perspective."

p152 "Very quickly the idea that market values could provide the best answer to all problems--poverty, how to run a university, what art is good--became not just a refreshing alternative approach, but the only approach that made sense."

The Absent Hand: Reimagining Our American Landscape by Suzannah Lessard, at Amazon.

Michael Kimmelman's review in The New York Times

Cambridge #Vanlife

More Sprinters. Some are Dodge, some are Freightliners, some Mercedes-Benz. I haven't sort out the brand subcultures yet. I think of this one (above)  as my Edward Hopper "Nighthawks" van. Below is much more sleek and, wow, that's an aggressive bumper. Outta my way, pal.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

1987 Chevrolet C10

Michael Moore saw the truck at Benicia Band's benefit car show and thinks it is channeled. They do bring out the gleam, in California. The truck is cool, Maybe an '86 or '87 Chevrolet C10 Stepside at the start of its life?
Whenever I see squares--and I don't very often, living (mostly) in the Northeast, where most '73-'87 squarebody survivors have plenty of rust, no plates and snowplows stapled to the front end--I think of our trucks in Maine and Texas.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Land Rover 110 Cambridge (Massachusetts)

A rare sight on the streets of Cambridge, though there are other Land Rovers about, including one in the immediate neighbourhood and another--perhaps our favourite--a few blocks away. Probably shouldn't dare mention a Range Rover Velar in the same post. I know what land is, and I know what rover means, but what the heck is a velar?