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, March 25, 2017

American Houses: Cambridge (Mass.) vernacular

Versions of the vernacular Cambridge, mostly unfancy North Cambridge, with a bit of Agassiz district. The wall is part of the O'Neill branch of the Cambridge Public Library, located in the Peabody School in North Cambridge. Tip O'Neill who represented this part of the world in Congress to me stands as a kind of anti-Trump. A man in touch with his roots, possessed of a deep Americanness but grounded in his Irish background and in the ancient  values of the civitas: community, civility, democracy; treating everyone as if they were your neighbor and you were in this together.
The three-decker is about as close to the heart of the New England housing vernacular as it gets.

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