Jonathan Walsh caught the truck in NJ, and expanded our idea of what a wheelbarrow truck can be. "A lot can happen to a truck in nearly 40 years, including numerous custom mods. This appears to be an original chassis cab, which Toyota turned out through the 1980s, often for camper conversions. This stake bed, spotted in Berkeley Heights, N.J., looks like a 1984 model. "
Trucks, cars, highways, landscape, good writing. "You cannot travel on the path, before you have become the Path itself."
- Brooklin, Maine, United States
- 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 www.peterbehrens.org 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.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Monday, March 20, 2023
A Cherry-Red MG Roadster on Palmerston Sq, July, 2020
In the weeks after Savannah died,
I would see things
in their new, unholy
light, stripped, as you do —
here’s one, Palmerston Square
in the magic excrescence
the snow globe of glow that remains
of a sunless July evening,
I take the alley shortcut,
its mercenary efficiency
carving through the flanks of prim
brick, northwest toward Bathurst.
All the old nameless alleyways
have signposts now
like department stores.
As with affairs, being named
they end soon after.
In the weeks after someone dies,
you think about them all the time
in the act of not thinking about them:
I’m not going to think about it, I think,
sharply intaking the filigree light, a scalpel —
it isn’t true, I think, clocking the
cherry-red MG, casually resplendent, in the drive —
I’m not thinking about her —
young girl practising flute in the window —
her then-ness or or her not-ness,
jangle of hoops, tattoos and dotted cotton,
a shed snakeskin
her summer dress unmoored.
The young girl mouths her flute,
the notes wet the evening air.
Down the street, the knife-sharpener’s bell
AL: Note that our cherry-red MG roadster was parked in front of Friend Memorial Library, Brooklin, Maine. Photo by Henry Behrens
Sunday, March 19, 2023
1999 Volvo V70, Cambridge.
Saturday, March 18, 2023
1956 Ford Fairlane. California
From Michael Moore in Northern Cal: "Down by the water somebody had parked this mildly custom but notably original ’57 Fairlane I liked quite a lot; the lustre is off the paint and looks to have had a little restoration done on the roof but otherwise pretty straight, eh? Said “Fordomatic” on the decklid...but the shifter on the floor might belie that."
Friday, March 17, 2023
The Law of Dreams
My son looked up from reading the other day and said, "This is my favorite book." You can find it on Amazon, of course.
Randy Nonnenberg, Bring a Trailer, and a 1986 Chevrolet K-10
From Ben Cohen's piece in WSJ on Randy Nonnenberg's Bring a Trailer.
"...To breed trust in an industry not exactly known for it, BaT listings are vetted by the company’s employees before they are published. Each write-up comes loaded with verified information: essential details about the car, plenty of photos and the auction records of that make and model, including the ones that fell short of a reserve price. Instead of flowery language, there are basic facts. Rather than disappearing immediately, the cars, bids and comments live forever. The increased transparency is the equivalent of people documenting their entire dating histories on their Tinder profiles.
"It’s a business formula based on Mr. Nonnenberg’s own experience as a consumer. He didn’t trust anyone selling cars—and he especially didn’t trust anyone selling cars online. “A lot of things are claimed on the internet, and that does not mean they’re true,” he said. They weren’t permanent, either. It always bothered him when listings were scrubbed, as if they never existed, and he was right to assume that others felt the same way...."
We like this 998-Mile 1986 Chevrolet K-10 now on the block at BaT.
Thursday, March 16, 2023
VW Type 2 Survivor
restored Type 2 in Colorado a while back.