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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Brooklin, Maine, United States
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 31, 2018

1958 Pontiac Strato Chief

From Alex Emond: "Here's a bottom of the line Pontiac which lives in Hazenmore, Sask.. Sunburnt but sturdy ... sits well and looks to be in quite good shape , even if it isn't quite ready to rumble. It wouldn't take too much attention/dollars to put it back on the road. Paint might be an option but there are those among us that would resist that impulse ... that patina is pretty sweet. The " lustre of disaster" appeals to me much more than a perfect new paint job . Cheers , Alex

Monday, October 29, 2018

Late October, Maine.

 Yeah, end of season. Big nor'easter blowing today. Almost everything is out of the harbor.

 Blackfish (below).

Sunday, October 28, 2018

1964 Rambler American 440

Those cars had some style. Caught the Rambler up at Motorland in Arundel, Maine. Still there and for sale.


Saturday, October 27, 2018

1959 El Camino, and The Wall Street Journal

Thanks to Stephen Hendrickson for the heads-up on "El Camino Day", A.J. Baime's piece in Wall Street Journal. If you follow Autoliterate you know we are El Camino fans---type El Camino in the search widget and you'll see a bunch more posts like this one. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Big Ugly

 Saw it at Twisted Iron in Wisccasset, Maine. Ugly but trucks like this clean up well, sometimes. see this '55 Ford F350

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Chevrolet C10 c.1975 from Michael Moore in Colorado Springs

Monday, October 22, 2018

Buick Eight (Project)

Car's for sale at Twisted Iron in Wiscasset, Maine. Only the bold.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Canadian Pacific Railway, Banff.

 from Alex Emond in les Rocheuses, back in...September:
"Banff got an early gift of snow yesterday. This is the period when summer ends and Indian Summer is late arriving. I went for a walk and was surprised to see this 50's /60's era train down at the station . Looking a lot like a "Lionel" set that my brother and I had down in the basement ... on a ping pong table. CP must use this train for vip/ corporate executive events. "They're probably drinking coffee and smoking big cigars". Anyway, it's not a truck but anything old, with a diesel engine and wheels looks good to me. I'd love to have a meal on the dining car, with the mountains rolling past the window. Cheers  Alex
 ps these engines were a lot like our new hybrid cars , where a diesel engine generates the electricity that turns the wheels

Saturday, October 20, 2018

1940 Ford, Pueblo Colorado

 from Michael Moore: "…a bit excessive and too cute in the details, but that’s Pueblo fer ya..."

Friday, October 19, 2018

1952 Chevrolet. Berkeley, CA

from the poet Eva H.D. in Berkeley.
Autoliterate: Chevys of this era always remind of Toby Clark's Suite 50 in Banff.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

1968 Mustang 302; Port Jervis NY

from Stephen Hendrickson: Glistening, glamorous, showing off on the street in Port Jervis, NY.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

1952 Buick Eight. Berkeley, California.

from Eva H.D., in Berkeley, Calif.:  Found this gleaming away in the emptymoonlit street last night, but there was only room for one dark shot; I will also seek it out today. (see below)

If only I were a
heron, my long legs in the
water, my wingspan
pressed freshly as the morning,
and a mouth for stabbing things.
                                               --Eva H.D., posted on Cosmonaut's Avenue

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

1968 Volkswagen Westphalia

HBB caught the 1968 VW Westphalia on the Maine Turnpike. Day before, we were on a driftwood-gathering  expedition to Pond Island in Penobscot Bay in Bill's new boat.