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, October 17, 2019

Dueling Matadors

1974 American Motors Matador at Adam's Food Shark in Marfa, Texas

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1966 Plymouth Fury

"Wet Red Car", one of Langdon Clay's Night Cars of New York. On his site, it's called a Ford Fairlane, but we know better. 1966 or 1967 Plymouth; am I right?  His portraits are spooky and summon up an age for me, the gritty 1970s when Manhattan was feeling kind of wrecked and on the road to ruin. But glamorous. Now it feels like a nature preserve for the 'rich people' species.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

1967 Ford Galaxie 500 (for sale)

 Saw the car last night coming out of Padanarum, Mass. after a day of sailing on Buzzard's Bay.

Monday, October 14, 2019

1954 Willys Station Wagon

Caught this one at Motorland in Arundel, Maine last weekend. But we've posted a bunch of Willys trucks of this era--like this station wagon for sale in the Bay Area a while back. Type Willys in the AL search widget up there on the right and you'll see a bunch more.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

1959 Edsel Villager wagon

Caught the car on a misty October morning at Motorland in Arundel, Maine. I wonder if this is a renovation of the Villager wagon we saw just down the road in Arundel a couple years ago?

Friday, October 11, 2019

Volvo 240 DL Sedgwick, Maine

 I guess the Volvo won't be launched until Spring.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air; 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air.

 In Sedgwick, Maine. See below. The 55's for sale.

 That would be area code 207...

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

1975 Chevrolet C10

Boat stuff. Sailed Scout to Benjamin River today where she'll be hauled out on high tide tomorrow and stored for the winter.  Don't like the end of sailing season, on the other hand having a boat on a mooring in Downeast Maine can be scarifying in October, especially when you are 2 states away. I was here yesterday when it was blowing upwards of 25 knots S most of the day in Eggemoggin Reach with gust of 32k. Much milder today for the last sail down the Reach. Now it is stuff-management time.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

1961 Chevrolet Corvair 700

from Reid Cunningham: "Bakers Mills, NY , a very small village on the Eastern side of the Adirondacks. A four door Corvair 700, the early style but I couldn't tell which year. Looks to have been last registered in 1994. Probably too far gone to save, but fun to see on a fall drive through the mountains."

Monday, October 7, 2019

Friday, October 4, 2019

Nissan for President

It's a Nissan. President. Sovereign. VIP. The name's near Trumpian in it's over-the-topness. Saw it at Motorland in Arundel, Maine last spring. Since sold, I think.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

1971 Steyr-Puch Pinzgauer 710K

Craig Manning saw it on B-A-T. AL posted something similar last summer--a Swiss Army Unimog--from Blue Hill Maine.
Always liked European trucks because they look like..trucks, not mythic beasts overburdened with faux machismo--like the swollen hulksters from Ford, GM and Chrysler featured in football commercials.