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 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, January 24, 2012

The Detroit Auto Show. Other cities have art fairs...

These billboards were up in Detroit during the auto show in early January. Great to see GM embracing it's heritage instead of driving away from it, too often in something like an Aztek. Can they come up with new cars as wild, dreamlike, & stylish as these bombers but translated into a language that makes sense for a planet waking up to global-warming?  Or has the moment, and the need, passed? Maybe GM and the car industry is no longer in the business of engineering dream machines. Maybe Apple does that for us now. Maybe its all in the cloud. Maybe if you really want to drive something with the crazed feline style of a '59 Impala, you'll have to find yourself a '59 Impala; otherwise, it's Volts,Volts, Volts.








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