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, May 31, 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Mercedes Benz 230 SL

Caught the car in Charlotte NC last week. Looks like a professional restoration. That deep green goes black in a certain light. The last 230 we saw--in Brooklin, Maine--was the same colour.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

GMC Sprint. Brighton MA

Basha Burwell caught the car in Brighton, MA across the river. The Sprint was a version of the El Camino sold by GMC truck dealers. I like the plain-janeness of this unit. I'm guessing 1971 or 1972. We have posted El Caminos from all over, including one I saw in the Netherlands; if you type El Camino in the search widget, you'll see a bunch going back to 1959.

Monday, May 28, 2018

1979 Ford F150 4x4 4 speed

They tend to two-seaters at BAT these days but this truck is on the block today.

BMW 2002tii

1974. German rocket. Saw it at Fresh Pond, Cambridge MA

Sunday, May 27, 2018

1963 Ford Falcon

A humble car, but minimalism is a very rare quality in American anything. With some different sheet metal, one year later car this was the Mustang. This one is for sale at Motorland in Arundel, Maine.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

1960 International Harvester B-110

From Alex Emond in southern Saskatchewan: "I saw this homely unit in Gravelbourg a while ago . Parked on display like there should be a "for sale" sign on it. Most utilitarian looking, with a face only a mother could love. It has the look of an oversized post war Japanese toy. In other words, pretty cool. Cheers--AE"
AL posted one of these trucks --but a B-100--from Vancouver a while back.

Thursday, May 24, 2018


from Stephen Hendrickson: "Today in PA. Cool drop down windows. Active duty or Army surplus I can't tell..."

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Before the Wagoneer, the Studebaker Wagonaire...

I want to go back there and shoot some images that do justice to this wild herd of rustbeests out there in the Pacheco Bros. shop in beautiful, remote wide open country of eastern New Mexico, just below the breaks of the Canadian River. Check out the Chevrolet 3100 below. I think it has a Cummins diesel for motive power.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Chevrolet Veraneio

 It's a Brazilian GM take on the the SUV. I think early Seventies. When I saw the unit it was for sale at Motorland in Arundel, Maine.