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 22, 2011

NPR likes trucks.

Here's a link  to a piece in the New York Times last week about our friend Tom Michael, founder and manager of Marfa's small but scrappy National Public Radio station, KRTS.  Somehow the article does not mention that--as if singlehandedly sustaining NPR in Far West Texas isn't enough-- Tom is also, with his wife Katherine Shaughnessy, owner and manager of this large-but-scrappy F-250.  The truck has had issues, but is settling down to dependability, with some attention from Ricky Rojo. That lemon/lime paint, which is original, has acquired a gorgeous, sun-faded W. Texas patina.
Check out KRTS "Radio for a Wide Range" on this link.


  1. love tom's commitment.KRTS
    love tom's style.
    love that truck

  2. Thanks to Peter and to Ricky for getting this old heap running again.