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.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

1961 Chevrolet Apache 10, Colorado Springs

A lot of Apaches turn up on AL. Our friend Sean Wilsey owns a legendary one that commutes regularly between Brooklyn and West Texas. I learned to drive standard on an Apache while I was working on the GH Ranch, Sundre, Alberta in the early SeventiesFirst time I ever was stopped by the Mounties, eh, I was driving an Apache. Came across this one in the neighborhood east of downtown, the Springs. If you google Autoliterate Apache you'll turn up lots more.

American Houses, High Street, Colorado Springs.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ford Graveyard, Marfa (Part 1)

all photographs©2014 David Branch
from David Branch, in far-West Texas:
"I have been wanting to photograph these trucks/wander around this
place for a while. I have met the fellow who owns them in passing
several times but not lingered long enough to request an invite. He traps 

mountain lions for a living. He drives
a 1968 short bed F-100 4wd that has a 390, a top-shift fourspeed, 3/4
ton axles and 16in wheels. I shoulda shot that one too but you'll have
to be content with the "scraps" as it were. More than a lifetime worth
of 68-72 Ford parts and an few from other eras as well. He plans to
swap his '68 frame for a '79 3/4 ton "sometime soon." From the look of
it he has a line on a few."--DB

Friday, March 28, 2014

1957 Ford Fairlane, Colorado Springs

Gas Station to Gallery, 802 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs

This was a gas station, now a Colorado College student gallery. 802 N. Nevada Street. It's looking very Marfa-esque around here.

The Textile Mills, Saco River, Biddeford Maine

1950 Chevrolet 3100, Patty Jewett Neighborhood, Colorado Springs

 I was biking around the Springs on a spring day---bare spring, no leaves, lots of light, dry yellow grass, southern breeze--when I came across this beauty. You have to respect a machine that's @65 years old and still going strong. The tow truck will be another post.

Biking arounb

1978 Mercury Cougar, Colorado Springs

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ford F-2, Colorado Springs

Taking pictures on the street, you have to take what you can get, so I won't apologize for the shadows. Our friend CM has a robin's egg blue F-2 in Texas, and this survivor looks like it may have been the same color originally...