- 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 www.peterbehrens.org 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.
Friday, January 31, 2014
I was becoming morose about Maine winter and the lack of interesting metal on the roads hereabouts--almost anything noteworthy in New England is tucked away in a barn until spring. I was about to circulate a whining note to Autoliterates in the South & West asking for some photographic input, when out of the blue Michael S Moore sent these shots from the Bay Area:
"First day in Benicia and, lacking the rain we so sorely need I ride my bike down to the jetty to find this 1942 Chevy panel truck...the rarest of the rare [it having been wartime and all;
It lives in Vallejo, the guy's owned it for thirty years, drives it all the time [says he's on his third engine - a crate 350 with less than 1000 miles on it]...
Inspired me to pull the tarp off the '45 and see if it would fire up. It did. Ah, California...record drought makes for year-round driving weather..." --MSM
Posted by autoliterate at 2:32 PM
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Bill Burleson's New Mexico photographs knock me out. He seems to be trying to add another dimension to the flat surface of the photograph; they're all about layers and texture-- high/low, rough/smooth, foreground/background, foreshadow/flashback, now/then. See below for titles.
1. Canyon Road gallery at Christmas.
2. Dune and Blade of Grass, White Sands Nat't Monument
3. Galisteo Basin
4. Glorieta NM
5. Great Kiva, Chaco Canyon.
6. John Ford Kind of Proch
7. Plaza Gathering
8. Rio Grande Gorge, Taos
9. Rio Grande, Northern New Mexico
10. White Sands National Monument
Posted by autoliterate at 8:54 AM
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
|all photographs Basha Burwell ©2014|
Posted by autoliterate at 9:49 AM
Nash Healey in Sabrina. Of course any car with Audrey Hepburn in it is going to look pretty good.
Posted by autoliterate at 6:08 AM
Monday, January 27, 2014
Palo Duro is a canyon and a state park on the eastern rim of el llano estacado, a huge mesa, which stretches into eastern New Mexico. A piece of my new novel is set there.
I returned to a long strand,
the hammered curve of a bay,
and found only the secular
powers of the Atlantic thundering.
I feel the unmagical
invitations of Iceland,
the pathetic colonies
of Greenland, and suddenly
those fabulus raiders,
those lying in Orkney and Dublin
their long swords rusting,
were ocean-deafened voices
warning me, lifted again
in violence and ephiphany.
The longship's swimming tongue
was buoyant with hindsight--
it said Thor's hammer swung
to geography and trade,
thick-witted couplings and revenges,
the hatreds and behindbacks
of the althing, lies and women
exhaustions nominated peace
memory incubating the spilled blood.
It said, "Lie down
in the word-hoard, burrow
the coil and gleam
of your furrowed brain.
Compose in darkness.
Expect aurora borealis
in the long foray
but no cascade of light.
Keep your eye clear
as the bleb of the icicle,
trust the feel of what nubbed treasure
your hands have known.
your hands have known.
Posted by autoliterate at 5:52 AM