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.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

1952 GMC 100. Colorado Springs.

This fine truck has been up before but whenever I see it, it's like seeing an old friend. The truck just gets better every year.


Friday, March 30, 2018

1946 GMC panel truck, West Texas

                                                                                            ©2018 Geoff Park photograph           

Thursday, March 29, 2018

William Eggleston's Peterbilt COE, Nevada plate.

We saw William Eggleston photos at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC a couple weeks back. Southern light. I wonder if he ever worked in New England...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Big Mack: 1969? Mack DM600

 Love trucks that look like trucks. (Or like giant Tonkas, whcih pretty much defined 'truck' for my generation.) This one in our fair city, Cambridge, Mass.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

1963 Chevrolet C10, Colorado Springs

Back in Colorado Springs for my annual spell of teaching at Colorado College. This truck is out in Colorado City neighborhood, which was a miners' camp before The Springs became the city of the  Colorado Springs, centered a few miles east. Colorado City is on the road heading up to Manitou and Pikes Peak and there was gold, for a while, in them thar hills.
I like the truck a lot--clean lines, those steel wheels in back, and the primed multicolor finish. Also that wraparound windshield--'63 was the last year of those, I think.
No snow on the ground coming in over East Colorado yesterday. A dry, dry year, though The Springs is supposed to get a dump of snow tomorrow, which usually seems to happen just about when I get here, end of March. Otherwise it has been a dry, dry winter.
East Colorado...always reminds me of Mississippi John Hurt's version of the John Henry legend/ballad..Spike Driver Blues. The way Hurt sings it,  "I walk all the way from East Colorado/Honey, that's my home/Honey that's my home"
(see below, for more on the C10)

Monday, March 26, 2018

The International Car Forest of The Last Church

©2018 Rob Hann photograph. "The International Car Forest of The Last Church, Goldfield, Nevada."

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

For sale: 1964 Holiday Rambler

1964 20’ Holiday Rambler travel trailer, complete unrestored original; $600.00, FOB 18 miles WNW Gerlach Nevada. Contact: Mike Moore at

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

1951 Chevrolet 1300 Trailer Queen

from Alex Emond in south Saskatchewan: "My guess is 1951 , but I don't know exactly . It's a half ton , chained onto a flatbed trailer . This is in Eastend , Sask. on one of those colourless days ... fresh snow , dead calm . Spring is dragging its feet this year . There's still quite a bit of snow on the ground which bodes well for seeding and planting ... once the fields dry out enough . Anyway, I suspect that this old truck is going to get a makeover". Cheers , Alex"
Autoliterate: 133 was the Canadian version of the 3100.

Monday, March 19, 2018

1967 Buick Skylark and William Eggleston

Saw the William Eggleston show at Metropolitan Museum in NYC last week. 20 years ago, who'd have thought--color photographs? Of cars? In the Met?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

1957 Chevrolet Convertible

From Colin Washburn. "Rear end of a ‘57 convertible, with old Cali plates. The front end is under repair. Near Tuolumne, Ca."