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, November 30, 2017

International Harvester R-140

from Colin Washburn: Spotted this little green beauty in Bishop, Ca. FOR SALE. Haven't a clue what year it is. Exterior VERY clean. Paint looks fresh. Interior gutted, waiting for someone to camperize it.( Sure as heck looks a lot better than all the rental RV'S and big, spendy buses I've been following the past 3 days!).
(AL: the phone # is 760 914 1538)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Big Pink: the 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air

Saw Big Pink in Cookshire, Quebec, which is one of the Eastern Townships of la belle Province. The Appalachian Mountains, which start in Alabama, end up rolling through this part of Quebec on their way up to the Gaspé Peninsula. I always though the '58 much more appealing than the famed Tri-Five Chevys. This baby could use some help, but the lines are wonderful. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

International L-120

from Alex Emond: "Restored daily driver, in Eastend, Saskatchewan. Tinted glass. This truck probably never goes father than Shaunavon, a half hour east. It'll just keep running for another 60 years . Cheers , Alex"

Monday, November 27, 2017

Montréal vernacular.

Yeah I know, it's a truck blog. But I've been on my bike in Montreal a lot this fall, where I'm the Mordecai Richler Writer In Residence at Concordia U., and looking at domestic architecture here in my hometown.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Studebaker convertible, I-80, trailer queen.

from Michael S Moore, in No. California "On the fly, like SJH, but not quite as adept…nonetheless, a cutie Studie on I-80"

Saturday, November 25, 2017

1949 GMC panel

from Colin Washburn in the Eastern Sierra: "Seen at TOM'S PLACE, north of Bishop CA, east slope of the Sierra Nevada. Rather ugly -- yet somehow rather cool...spotted and laquered over patina, like some sort of Appaloosa GMC."

Friday, November 24, 2017

Le 1969 Buick Wildcat, from Alberta

  Caught the 'Cat on Cote St-Antoine Rd. in Montréal. Looked like an original from way out West.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Chill 1968 MGBGT from NS in NDG

That duplex is the standard vernacular housing in Montreal's Notre Dame de Grace neighborhood.
I think the last time we caught one of these cars was in NL. And that one was snowy too.
Happy Turkey!