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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Kirk Robertson, "January"

                                                                                                               photo Michael Moore©2017


Could be Butte
Battle Mountain
Livingston or

Lamoille it’s all
about the same
in late January

Rust pitted pickups
bounce around
3:00 A.M. chuckholes

Passenger doors
swinging open wide

Honey, I’m sorry
would you please

Just get back
in the truck

-Kirk Robertson

More from Nevada up here. 

1963 Land Rover 109 Series (for sale)

Up for auction this afternoon. Details at BAT

Ford Model A, Cambridge, Mass.

Something about this shape said "car" for a generation.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

1968 Chevrolet Malibu

Basha Burwell caught the Malibu heading to a new home on I-95 north of Boston.

Monday, May 29, 2017

1961 El Camino

Lee Saloutos caught the El Camino  in the shop at Reno. My favourite 1960 Camino is this one. And here's a nice one we saw in Colorado Springs.

Existential non-tailgate? 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

1975 Ford F-250

Looks like a very clean (ugly green, though) West Coast 1975 F-250 up for auction at B-A-T

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Langdon Clay's Night Cars: 1965 Chrysler Newport

Walker Evans meets William Eggleston in the middle of the night. Very nice. Beautiful book. Night Cars

Friday, May 26, 2017

1958 Ford Fairlane (retractable)

from The Old Motor. Elegant women. Very cool. But the '58 Ford is a dog, though '57 and '59 are wonderful. Amazing what a little sheet metal can do. The Ford retractables never looked good with the roof up: the proportions are all wrong, the cars seem heavy in the tail.

1955-59 Willys Jeep Overland Utility Wagon

Craig Manning caught the wagon at Santa Barbara. I recall a fishing trip with my father in northern Quebec-the guide had one of these. Forget fish--all I wanted to do was get my hands on the wheel. Basha Burwell saw one of these downeast, on Isle au Haut, last summer. And Lee Saloutos caught the Sedan Delivery version in Reno. And how about this Jeep pickup of the same era in Stonington, Maine?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

1959 El Camino

Lee Saloutos caught the cat's eye El Camino in Reno. It's for sale: Valhalla Auto: (775) 827-1611 Some El Caminos in rougher shape were posted on AL here. And a dusty '59 in Banff. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Brooklin Blackfish

 Blackfish, a custom-designed 49' cold-molded racer/cruiser, launched last week at the Brooklin Boatyard.

Monday, May 22, 2017

New York Times piece: "Truckers Feel Like Throwaway People"

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — The vast Petro truck stop here is a neon-lit, blacktop oasis at the crossroads of America. It beckons big-rig drivers with showers, laundry machines, a barber shop, even a knife store. “Professional drivers only,” reads the sign above the tables of the Iron Skillet restaurant, where truckers sit mostly alone, carrying the solitude of their jobs into an otherwise social setting.
Driving a long-haul tractor-trailer is as commonplace as the items that drivers carry, from blue jeans to blueberries, from toilet paper for Walmart to farm machinery bound for export. There are 1.7 million men and women working as long-haul drivers in the country. Yet truckers — high up in their cabs — are literally out of view for most Americans...
from the piece in today's New York Times

1976 Ford Bronco

Thanks to my sister-in-law Kyle Knodt who spotted the Bronc in Portland, Maine. They looked an awful lot like I-H Scouts for a while.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

1956 Ford Ranch Wagon

Thanks to Skye Wentworth for the heads-up on this photo which was in Maine magazine, I believe. Hidden Pond is in Kennebunkport. And speaking of '56 Fords, how about this F-250?