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.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Kerouac, Kyrgyzstan, Neil Young & Celine Dion

Guido Goluk, the Dutch translator of Kerouac's On the Road (that's Onderweg in Dutch) sent this report from the Stans. 
"Just got back from Kyrgyzstan, where I made a 1000km round trip by bike with my cycling pal Djoen. High passes (over 3000m), a random attack by a bull, hospitality by herdsmen, the nightsky watched through the smoke vent of a yurt, fermented horse milk, rough unpaved roads – the works. I send you a nice truck and a view"--GG
Speaking of Ti-Jean, here's a NYT piece that muses on two separate essays in The Walrus a few years back, suggesting the essential Canadianess of Kerouac and Neil Young. The NYT blog asks, if Americans grant that Canada holds a claim to those two, will Canadians be willing to work with the United States — as Conan O’Brien originally suggested  — “to solve the Celine Dion problem”?

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