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.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Stephen Shore: Selected Works 1973-81

A trove of Shore's photographs, mostly not seen before and just out.  You can buy it at Aperture.
AL has posted a few images from Shore's Uncommon Places--try the search widget.

Monday, October 30, 2017

1964 Chevrolet Impala, Mad Men style.

This from Stephen Hendrickon: "Greenpoint never fails to surprise. Impala in pretty nice condition, with dice." 
(Those hardtops were supposed to look like convertibles My father had a '62 Pontiac Laurentian with that style roof and it made for some serious blindspots in the rear view--AL)

Not my father's Laurentian, eh?

Sunday, October 29, 2017

1965 Ford F 100, St Johnsbury.

SAw the Ford on the outskirts of St Johnsbury, Vermont on one of the drives between Montreal and Cambridge this autumn. This particular trip took me into the Northeast Kingdom and over Hazen Notch.

 On the road west of Irasburg, Vt., looking north.
October light in Hazen Notch. It has been a very warm October, no red maples this year.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Pennsylvania Barn finds: International L-160, Willys Jeep.

Thanks to Stephen Hendrickson. "Finally got to poke around some old barns near me. Found these..."

Friday, October 27, 2017

1968 Mercury M-100

From Alex Emond in south Saskatchewan: "Here's a clean original truck. Parked at the A&W in Speedy Creek. The only blemish seems to be that grim-looking ding at the front. Bummer. Otherwise a really fine truck."--AE

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ah, 'merica

 Michael Moore caught this unit in the Safeway parking lot at Walsenburg, Colorado

"Meanwhile across the street and Proud...Ah, 'merica"--MSM

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

More Montreal: Lower Westmount

 These were all in a couple of blocks in the Lower Westmount quartier, below Dorchester Street.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

1949 Mercury, lead-free.

From Alex Emond, in south Saskatchewan: "This crouching tiger is up for sale in Eastend. Suicide doors, the sun visor: there's a lot going for this machine. You just don't see these Merc cars nearly as often as the trucks (In Canada, that is--AL).
Eastend is tucked into the Frenchman River valley , in the trees . Nice sleepy little place but still big enough to have most amenities . Fairly close to the Cypress Hills" --AE
Have a look at Mercury Charlie's lead sled, posted on AL a while back.
Colin Washburn caught a '49 Merc in the Sierra foothills.
And John Lennox's first American car--or any car for that matter--a '51 Mercury.
And we've posted previously on Eastend, Sask., which was Wallace Stegner's Whitemud in his memoir of growing up on the prairie, Wolf Willow.

Monday, October 23, 2017

1975 Pontiac Grand Ville

Saw the Pontiac on Avenue de la Musée, Montréal. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Ryoji Ikeda's composition: "A (for 100 Cars)"

 A piece on Ikeda's orchestral piece for 100 cars, from the New York Times:  “A (for 100 Cars)” was, by turns, a placid deliberation, a thunderous roar, an ambitious lark. A public sound art installation made possible through corporate largess — the performance was part of the first Los Angeles edition of the Red Bull Music Academy festival — it turned negative space in the center of downtown Los Angeles into a sublime womb. All around, tall buildings loomed, while on the performance stage, 100 cars worked through what felt like a meditation..."