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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

1965 Galaxie 500 post coupe.

May in Maine, and the cars are coming out of hibernation. Caught the Galaxie at Belfast, ME. Which is where Downeast Maine starts--for some people. I would say you have to cross the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.
But E.B. White said it all, on the subject of Maine re-entry.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Bridges Point Boatyard: Tranquil C, etc.

Lobstermen are just starting to put gear in the water now. Wade Dow, owner of Bridge Point Boatyard is also responsible for building most of the Bridges Point 24's, a Joel White designed daysailer/weekender very popular in our part of the world. Check the last photos on this post for the rig Wade uses to launch boats.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Last Stop: Vanishing Road Stops of the American Highway

Thanks to Matt Dallett for the heads-up.Photos are from The Last Stop: Vanishing Rest Stops of the American Roadside ($45, powerHouse Books),"Over nearly 15 road-trips since 2009—several taken with her mother in tow—the California-based photographer Ryann Ford traveled the American West, Midwest, and parts of the South in search of the unique character that defines these highway fixtures."

Thursday, May 26, 2016

1970 El Camino SS 354. Cambridge MA

A very fast very cool cheese wagon. There are not a lot of El Caminos in Cambridge, it's a Volvo town. Except for a herd of Porschae driven by IT starter-uppers down in Kendall Square and Area 4.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Citroën 2CV Special

photographs ©Anne Lennox 2016. She spotted the 2CV in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

'50 Mercury Lead Sled, The Big Island

from Colin Washburn: "Whoever owns this lime green Merc works at the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Factory in Kawaihae, Big Island..."

Saturday, May 21, 2016

1956 Plymouth Savoy

It's up on Craigslist in Port Townsend, Washington. $7500 

Redbrick Manhattan

I have been spending a lot of time in New York this spring, mostly in Manhattan. Always interested to catch the bones of an older city, faced in stone or brick, which still show through Manhattan steel and glass, even midtown. East Forties, above.
 E. 11th St., above & below

 Washington Square
 Chelsea, Edward Hopper Light

 Street Punk
 W. Village

Street punk and mother.
 West Village

 Upper West Side, Riverside Drive

 Upper West Side, Riverside Drive 

E. 11th St., above and below. 

 Glucksman Ireland House NYU, Fifth Avenue near Washiungton Square
 No fooling around.
 Midtown, I think. Or Upper East, 7os. 

 Woolworth Bldg.?

 Broadway, downtown. 


Woolworth Bldg. 

Midtown, East Side.