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.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Bull, Saskatchewan

Alex Emond photograph  Bull, Saskatchewan

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Toyota Land Cruiser

from Greg Philipps: "Fernandina Beach. FL. Has that, 'I don't hike with walking sticks and a hydration backpack' look about it, doesn't it?"

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

1951 Chevrolet 3100. Gila, New Mexico.

Thanks to Caroline Mayher for these 2 beauties, on a ranch in Gila, New Mexico.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Late Summer Horses, Saskatchewan

Alex Emond photograph  Late Summer Horses, Saskatchewan

Sunday, March 24, 2019

1992 Chevrolet Impala

All I know about these cars was that the Mounties in Fort MacLeod, Alberta were excited about getting the first generation (1990) which had wheel skirts in back and looked very Robocop.
This car was in Cambridge, MA where someone likes those wheels.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

1959 Dodge D100 Raton Pass

There's just something about the Raton. Maybe because I'm usually crossing it early in Spring, a season that always feels like an opening, things getting wider and more interesting.  

Friday, March 22, 2019

Church and Cloud

Alex Emond   Church and Cloud, Saskatchewan.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Soggy Dodge (1953?)

Tough times in the underwater Midwest. Thanks to Stephen Hendrickson for heads-up on the photo, pic de jour on Axios AM

1977 Lincoln Continental Mark V

 Saw the car in West Cambridge, Mass. Snow's gone and a rain cleaned the streets so the old metal is out there. Nice weird car, but I don't care for the flash wheels. Hemmings blog has a piece on these land yachts.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Cluny, Alberta

from Alex Emond: For a couple of years I would pass by this sign and tell myself to stop and take a picture . I finally did and shortly thereafter the sign was gone . Maybe blown away . Anyway , it was quite the piece of work and would have sold for big bucks in a NYC gallery , for sure , as a work of outsider genius . Cheers , Alex

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

1972 Chevrolet Impala convertible

 Spotted the car in North Cambridge, MA. With the warmer, drier weather old cars and robins are showing up at last.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Three Churches, Saskatchewan

Alex Emond photograph  Three Churches, Saskatchewan

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Ford F1

Geoff Park photograph. Ford F1 Suedburg, PA.
If you try our search widget (up there on the right) for F1, you'll find a bunch of these trucks.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Update on the Border Brothers

We posted on the story here. Thanks to Capt. Tom Morris for this update from the Bangor Daily News: 
The blue 1967 Buick Skylark would have been perfect for an all-American road trip.
But Damien Roy, 22, and Bailey Roy, 21, never got that far. Before the two brothers could even cross the Canadian border, drones, helicopters, police dogs and a SWAT team surrounded their car. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2018, the checkpoint between Houlton, Maine, and Woodstock, New Brunswick, remained closed amid a bizarre standoff, frustrating thousands of travelers....

Speaking to CTV News in October after his sons were arrested at the border, Roy said that he was just grateful they hadn’t been shot. Damien and Bailey had been getting into trouble since elementary school, when they had to be separated because their teacher couldn’t handle both at once, he said. Both were smart when they wanted to be, he said, and read constantly, preferring each other’s company to being around anyone else. He couldn’t explain what had motivated their bizarre behavior, and added that he wished that he had spent more time monitoring what they were looking at on the internet.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

One-Ear Deer

Alex Emond photograph. One-Ear Deer, Saskatchewan

Sunday, March 10, 2019

1968 Plymouth Fury

The car looked furious at the indignity of being ass-backwards on a flatdeck. Tight fit. Off to a better future, we hope. Caught it in Colorado Springs.