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.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Chevrolet 3100 North Carolina

 Didn't see a lot of old trucks in Myers Park, a bankerly neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina.And then there was this 1951 Chevrolet 3100.

Thursday, May 30, 2019


This may be the fastest car in Blue Hill, Maine. So cool, so clean. Started life as a circa 1971 Chevrolet Nova. Novas used to be the upscale edition of the Chevy II
By the way, people (and lobsterboats) from Nova Scotia are (in Maine, anyway) known as Novies.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Boat launch, Benjamin River, Maine

That's a raked mast on the little sloop. She would be quick and nimble. Benjamin River is a tidal estuary between Brooklin and Sedgwick, Maine. It has been a very cold, wet spring here. Not many boats in yet. Hope to have Scout ready to get wet in a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

1991 Buick Roadmaster wagon

From Michael Moore, who spotted the Chevrolet Caprice/Buick Roadmaster? in Benicia, CA. The last generation of real American road wagons. Tuned... and with those cool wheels. It's a statement of...something.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Sunday, May 26, 2019

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 9 passenger wagon

Don't know why so many restored tri-five Chevys need to be this color. (Not all, though.) This one look quite meticulous and is for sale at Motorland in Arundel, Maine

Saturday, May 25, 2019

1965 Mustang convertible

Michael Moore noticed the pony in Benicia, California. We saw a '66 in Cambridge in April. And see this post from a few years back on a half-century of Mustangs.

Friday, May 24, 2019

#Vanlife in Cambridge MA

 Buslife. 1966 Volkswagen Transporter. The original edition of the Bus.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

1964 Chevrolet 60 Series truck

Don Green Culbertson saw the truck in Marfa, Texas. "The clutch on this rig is so tight, you’ll need a knee replacement after 1500 miles. Damn my left knee hurts."

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

William Gedney: Only the Lonely

Only the Lonely is the first book on photographer William Gedney in nearly 20 years. This retrospective volume offers a comprehensive survey of his documentary and street work, including his acclaimed series of rural Kentucky, Haight-Ashbury, India, gay pride parades and night scenes.
William Gedney, Only the Lonely, 1958–1983, by Gilles Mora, Lisa McCarty, and Margaret Sartor, University of Texas Press.
We posted a selection of Gedney's Kentucky photographs a while back. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Another Toyota Land Cruiser, c. 1980

There were serious rust issues. Maybe they were right about Japanese steel. We posted the cherry version of this model Land Cruiser a couple days ago. This one was in Cambrdge MA.

Monday, May 20, 2019