Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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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, December 18, 2016

Triboro Bridge traffic

Stephen Hendrickson is a bold man, or an accomplished NYC driver, or both, to grab photographs in such gnarly traffic on the Triboro. But I speak as a Mainer, always awed by the hectic intricacies of NYC in motion. Though traffic there does seem less vituperative than Boston's. 
If you want to read about the Triboro, and you should, because therein lies a tale, the place to start-- and end--is Robert Caro's The Power Broker, his epic biography of Robert Moses, who built the Triboro along with much of the infrastructure of mid century New York, city and state, and simultaneously dealt the region a sequence of grievous blows from which it is still struggling to recover.
I suggest the first car is a late-40's Buick. The other car looks 1940-46, but what genre I couldn't say. Is there hope for these babes or, after surviving so long, are they headed for the crusher? But crushers usually get stacked in a load, not rolled aboard and strapped down so neatly, right? These are trailer queens.

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