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, January 5, 2013

My Love is Bigger Than a Cadillac.

Greatest line in rock and roll? 
                                                                                          ©2013 Alex Emond
Speaking of GENERAL MOTORS products, I heard Don Maclean singing American Pie in November 1971. He was driving his Chevy to the levee as the obscure opening act at a Melanie ("Candles in the Rain") concert at Place des Arts in Montreal. That strange ballad, which he delivered solo, on stage with an acoustic guitar (looked to me like a Gibson) was immediately thrilling and it has held onto its power as a dislocated anthem of lost youth & a dirge for Buddy H and that famous old lost American innocence, which seems to have been getting misplaced on a regular basis, every twenty years or so, since about 1776. Or maybe 1620. Oh hell, maybe earlier. We are a people with a short attention span.

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