Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1963 Chevrolet Impala 409

This was being tuned by Jason B. at a certain car shop in Blue Hill. I guess my favorite 409s are the sleepers--you know, stripped-down Biscaynes with dog-dish hubcaps and a bench seat. Cars that look like the car my elementary school principal drove. 
Caught one of those, a 1964 Biscayne 409, in Colorado Springs last March. But this here Impala SS has the engine and by the time Jason was done with her I'm sure she had the get-up-and-go. A Texas car with a gritty backyard paint job. Looks like it was done on a windy West Texas day.

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