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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Brooklin Boatyard

Built at the Brooklin Yard, launching on Thursday, Toroa is a 70-footer

A 12 1/2. The best small boat ever? Thank you, Mr Herreshoff. 
Just another day at the beautiful boat float.
It's Maine. There's fog. Deal with it. Couple 12 1/2's, foreground. Iris in the background, built at Brooklin Boatyard in 2013.
Scout is rigged and ready to go. Cape Dory 25.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Another XKE

I think a later edition than the car we posted last week, but this one is for sale.  Lose those whitewalls, though.

1972 Kenworth; beetle-kills

from Colin Washburn in the Sierras: " Went for another ride-along with my friend Daniel Cover yesterday in his 1972 KENWORTH, an oldie but a goodie. My ears still ringing today from the LOUD Jake-brake !
Hauling beetle-killed trees out of Yosemite National Park. LOTS of standing-dead trees throughout the Sierra Nevada, sadly.
On a brighter note ; Yosemite Valley lush and green, the waterfalls raging with the record-setting snow melt. Merced River ( River of Mercy en EspaƱol ) overflowing it's banks !"--CRW

Saturday, June 24, 2017

William Eggleston, 'Car and Brick Wall'

A '58 Ford, I'm guessing. William Eggleston is one of the great American photographers, leading our eyes into new (old) places, seeing their strange wonder.

The VW pickup. Brooklin Maine

Used to see these rigs in Canada. Never here. Until this one turned up at WoodenBoat School. 4WD, too.

Friday, June 23, 2017

1963 Ford Galaxie 500

The ex-John Willment Racing Team, Driven by Jack Sears to the 1963 British Saloon Car Championship. The Galaxie is up for auction at Bonhams in the UK. Thanks to Stephen Hendrickson for the heads-up.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

1963 Pontic Catalina Safari

You know how much we like station wagons and this one is a straight, clean classic from the great wagon era. We've posted it before--it lives on our peninsula-- but it is such a beauty we didn't think you mind seeing it again.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

1950 Chevrolet

From Alex Emond in south Saskatchewan: "Here's a scene from Lafleche, Sask. This Chevrolet probably does a bit of yard work and trips to the dump a few times a year. Semi-retired, almost out to pasture. I realize that these photos are like hardware store calendar art but so be it.
I was a little upset to see that this late 40's International Harvester truck was no longer in it's spot, in a back yard in Lafleche ... I did this quick sketch of it late last summer. It might have been sold or maybe the owner is working on it somewhere . Cheers" --AE

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Jaguar XKE convertible. Cambridge, Massachusetts

They were the coolest thing around. Don't know if that gestalt has ever been matched. Never driven one. Have you? I miss the wire wheels on this car. We've posted on Jags before.

Monday, June 19, 2017

1955 Chevrolet wagon, Maine

Saw one of these for sale in San Luis, Colorado in April. This one was in Searsport. Maine.