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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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 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, July 10, 2016

1962 Chevrolet Impala hardtop; 1953 Ford Customline

Beautiful evening in southern Maine a few weeks ago. Rain showers and passing light. Lots of gleam. I stopped at Motorland in Arundel and found a herd of cars for sale... I wonder if there really were that many turquoise cars around in the Fifties? Sorry for choppy photos--the light was tough, and cars were crowded together. I love the Impala. My grandfather JJ O'Brien's (“The O'Briens is a major accomplishment” —New York Times Book Review) last car was a '61 Impala, black and white and red inside. Cool ride.

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