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.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bill Phelps photographs

I'm intrigued by Bill Phelps' photography. Especially one series of images of people going fast in machines. The images seem, at first glance, to date from c.1920. They don't, of course; and the work has an energy and mystery all its own. But he has caught the dynamic futurism of another era, and maybe some of its desperate quality as well. The images are like lost dreams of speed. For example:
Of course I was pleased when Phelps mentioned that Peter Behrens has been a lifelong inspiration to his work.
We hope to post some more Phelps images and perhaps notes from Bill himself  on the work.

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