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, June 21, 2016

Dodge Power Wagon

We were heading Downeast out of Cambridge in a  2016 Ram ProMaster Cargo van with all out stuff aboard. I liked that van, it was roomy and surprisingly nimble, and the driver's position is perched up high. Definitely a Euro-type van; it's sold in Europe as the Fiat Ducato. Stopped for coffee at the Kennebunk Service plaza and saw this earlier version of Dodge truckdom. I'm guessing mid-80's, a good looking truck. There weren't that many crewcabs around then; when I worked a (trail)crew in the Canadian Rockies (we just called them "the Rockies"), we rode out back with the shovels and wheelbarrows and rock drills, which was chilly by late October, way out there in Four Strong Winds country.

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