Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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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, July 20, 2013

John Brinckerhoff Jackson

                                                       Prada Marfa. Jeff Davis County, Texas. © Basha Burwell  2011

“A landscape is a space deliberately created to speed up or slow down the process of nature… it represents man taking upon himself the role of time.” John B. Jackson.

John Brinckerhoff Jackson was one of the first writers to pay attention to the ordinary landcape of roadside America. He called it the vernacular landscape: places and spaces so familiar that we have trouble actually seeing them. JBJ discovered some fascinating patterns in the American space, and he has a lot to say about the way we live now. Herbert Muschamp, New York Times architecture critic, wrote that Jackson was “America’s greatest living writer on the forces that have shaped the land this nation occupies.” A couple of books to start with are
Landscape in Sight and Discovering the Vernacular Landscape

                                                   "Communist Scrap Dealer, Saskatchewan"        ©Alex Emond  2011 

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