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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Brooklin, Maine, United States
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.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Berlin; mostly Charlottenburg

"Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred." --WB
Many of these...they are called "stumbling blocks"

Walter Benjamin Platz
'Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom'.--WB

store window, Charlottenburg
Opel Cadett. 1967?

Diner, at Kathe-Kollwitz Platz
BB at the stadtsopera



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

1960 F-100

from photographer Jarrod McCabe:
"love the color on this sun-bleached '60 F100 outside greenville, NH.  The grilles on the 60 really do it for me in some weird way. 
she looked ready to go -  a little rough around the edges, just as i like 'em.  Pretty damn good for new hampshire if it's a daily.  
couldn't find the owner, so no details."--JM  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ford F1 and the Mossbank Hotel

From our man in south Saskatchewan: "Here are a few beasts that were lying in state behind the Mossbank hotel. It's like their owners went in to watch the Roughriders win, a couple of decades ago and forgot where they parked. The International is a fairly rare model ... I think they were prone to rust so you just don't see them around . Just north of town is Old Wives Lake, a large , shallow salty lake that is a big stopover/ feeding spot for countless migrating birds in the spring and fall . Feels very wild out there."--AE

"It's only fitting that I include a picture of The Mossbank Hotel, a magnificent destination resort, not unlike the Mazatlan "Sandals" except that there's no spa, rooms, or food, and the concierge is passed out behind the cigarette machine." Alex

1968 Country Squire

I love station wagons, and I love clean, old, original cars. So I was knocked out to find this machine here in The Netherlands. A just-like-new original 1968 Ford Country Squire with 14k miles on it. Engine is the Ford 390. This car looks untouched. Showroom new. A black-plate California car that has spent its life in a garage. The dealers who imported it to Holland changed hoses, did brakes, and replaced fluids. New battery. Everything else is original. The interior is like new. Investment-grade vinyl. The original faux-woodgrain is in perfect condition. This wagon deserves a trip via container back to the US--with that size, and that engine, it really isn't a getting-around-Holland kind of car. For sale at C&S Exclusive here in Wassenaar. They seem to specialize in classics. You can contact them at info@CS-EXCLUSIVE.NL   tel  +31 (0)70 512 17 80

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

1950 3/4 ton Chevy & Saskatchewan Light

from Alex Emond our man in the Canadian Rockies and the high dry old truck habitat of southwest Saskatchewan: 
      "I finally got out to Ponteix, Sask. just for 4 days. As you know ( I think ) I moved to a different house in Banff and that was an epic job, partly because I repainted this new house, head to toe, before moving. I was in the other place for a heavy decade so there was a lot of stuff to handle. Pretty much settled into Beaver Street and hope to get a heavy decade out of this location, if I need to. Can't predict much, it seems .
     "On Saturday I drove over to Mossbank, Sask., and here was this robin's egg Chevy posing in the magic light."--AE

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sean's Apache, Marfa

1950 & 1952 GMC, Saskatchewan, Springtime

                                                                             Alex Emond ©2012

The Maine 1938 Ford

1976 GMC

My favourite season in Maine is what everyone else calls Mud Season: April. Which is muddy, to be sure. I call it Bare Season. Or Light Season. Because the daylight is coming on strong, and there are no leaves in the trees to suck the light. Luminous northern spring. Sure it rains. Even snows, sometimes. But it is a hopeful time. Speaking of hopeful: I have decided to think of November as a sort of early pre-spring. Which it is. Life cycle, etc. Anyway, all this a long warm-up or perhaps just an excuse to post another photo of my favorite truck, in Blue Hill Maine, last April.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Land Rovers, part VI

Another serious LR, from Germany, here in very urbane Wassenaar, NL.

and from France:
"I first saw the newly manufactured SUV 4 door passenger Defender in the French Alps in 2010. This 2012 pick-up is the first 4-door pick-up I've seen. I read about the defender pick-up on the English land rover website. The truck has a 6 cylinder Diesel engine it's geared for off road and tops out at 80 miles per hour. I've never seen one of these in the US."--VB

Saturday, November 17, 2012

1945 Chevrolet

"of course I can't stop admiring the new profile now that those running boards are in place..."---MSM
more of this truck here

Friday, November 16, 2012

Jalopy Journal

Jalopy Journal is a wonderful website. Want to know how to chop a '36 Ford 5-window coupe?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Une autre Citroen DS

from our franco-Texas friend, Valerie Breuvart:

Une autre 2CV

                                                Another member of the Wassenaar (NL)  2CV pack.