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, October 4, 2017

'93 Ford f250 4wd. Marfa, Texas

From David Branch in Marfa, Texas: "You're a Chevy guy, and I admit a fondness for those as well. But maybe the Ford thing runs a little deeper in me. Speaking of single-cab, 4WD American pickups. And also, the end of an era, here is my daily work truck. It's a nice shade of calamine / Band-aid that sounds unappealing but isn't. On the truck anyway. My house was that color too but I painted it. Anyway, though not a full fledged antique, at 24 years old it's getting close. Stick shift, vinyl bench seat, manual windows. Radio. No tape deck. Increasing dents. It has two gas tanks and dead empty will hold 52 gallons of gas. Which it eventually consumes. And for the most part it works for a living. Sometimes it goes on adventures." 

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