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.

Friday, December 1, 2017

1962 Plymouth Fury. Beulah Street, S.F.

David Rumsey photographs. Thanks to Michael Moore for forwarding them. These Mopars were the last of Virgil Exner's children, and based on a goof at Chrysler. An executive thought he overheard a GM guy at a party saying GM & Ford 1960 fullsize cars were being seriously downsized. He heard wrong: the 1960 fullsize cars were as full as ever but new compacts were being introduced. However, Chrysler made Virgiil Exner chop down the size of his new designs on very short notice. These weird babies were the result. I've always kind of liked them. Plymouth & Dodge didn't work their way back to fullsize until, I think, 1964.

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