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.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Oh Montreal

Wandering around my hometown. Not a truck in sight, so I started shooting buildings and houses. Nothing special, or architect-y; just the Montreal vernacular.
Boer War Memorial in Dorchester Square. Sun Life Building behind. In 1940, when England was threatened with invasion, most of the Bank of England's securities were transferred  across the Atlantic and stored in vaults in the basement of the Sun Life. Gold bullion, too I think.

Nice to see the French edition of The O'Briens at Indigo on rue Ste-Catherine; which used to be  Coles Bookstore, which my sister Anne used to manage.
And nice to see the Canadian edition of CARRY ME at my favorite Canadian bookseller, Librairie Paragraphe Books on McGill College Street. Autographed books there, if you want a Canadian First.
 This guy was writing. I wasn't.

 Only in Montreal. The Masonic Temple, across the street from a 17th century seminary belonging to the Sulpician priests, seigneurs of the island of Montreal,

 Wood Avenue, in Lower Westmount.
Sisters of Notre Dame, now Dawson College.

 Ordinary vernacular apartment building, Montreal brick, c. 1920. Sherbrooke Street.
 Montreal semi-detached, Lower Westmount.

 Row houses, Wood Avenue.

 The Rubik's Cube House, Lower Westmount.

 Westmont Art Nouveau.

 Garage, ex-coach house.
 Ye olde parish.
Great War cenotaph, Westmount.

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