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.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Auto da fe in Vancouver

 I'm in Vancouver, the Canucks have lost game 7 and the Stanley Cup, and my hotel is in the middle of a riot. I go out and there's a festival of 19-year-old idiocy. Cars being overturned and burned. Stupid punks breaking stuff. It gets very ugly. Inhaled my first tear gas since Montreal in 1969. I spend an hour in front of a bar with the owners, very nice guys, who are ashamed of what is happening in their city. Spoiled stupid drunks with no idea of real consequence.....then scrambling hordes in front of riot squad Mounties and a volley of rubber bullets, pepper spray....all a pretty disgraceful spectacle. The cops behaved very well, the exurban punks were loathsome, the crowds taking pictures with their cellphones were part of the problem....heedless people who have no idea of the real consequence, in most parts of the world, of this kind of Animal House behavior...Most people I spoke to were disgusted, and ashamed of the spectacle...a meaningless festival of stupidity.
I'm back in my room and I'm going to bed. The police are moving down the street and arresting anyone in their way. No fooling. Fine with me. Black eye for Vancouver. So stupid. So ridiculous. A population nursed on video games and celebratory violence. Boys committing indictable federal crimes in front of 1000 cameras. Way to go.

1 comment:

  1. Staggeringly pointless violence fueled and generated by social-media fueled Narcissism in a critical feedback loop with voyeurism.