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.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Peter Behrens House, Darmstadt

Patrick Drotos,  a classmate at Notre Dame de Sion (kindergarden), St Kevin's School (elementary) and Lower Canada College (prep school) lives in Darmstadt, Germany. He forwarded these pictures of the Peter Behrens house at Darmstadt. PB was the great modernist, a pioneer of industrial design and modern architecture. I believe that Walter Gropius and Mies van de Rohe were among his students.
Behrens House, Darmstadt

                             Breakfast Room

Music Room

"My house is not this old, and not this posh. But it did survive WWII, with a reinforced ferrosteel bombshelter and gas tight steel doors worthy of a U-Boot. That is where I keep my wine. No chance of breakage down there."--PD


  1. Neato! Your family history sort of reminds me of a novel I'm reading, (written by a marvelous author), about a family that goes by the name of the O'Brien's.... haha

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