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, June 30, 2019

1965 Volkswagen

 Maybe the best year of the Beetle? Tradewinds parking lot, Blue Hill, Maine.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Summah Cah. Buick Skylark convertible.

 Looks to me like a '71 Buick Skylark. So this unit has been around for near 1/2 a century. Could be out a year or two. Tradewinds parking lot, Blue Hill, Maine. Summah cah.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Faux Porsche Speedster

 It's a replica. Would that be a Volkswagen under the sleek skin? Saw it for sale at Motorland in Arundel Maine

Sunday, June 23, 2019

1960 Chevrolet Apache C10

from Michael Moore's auto-biography: 1960 Chevrolet Apache C10; Duferrena Rim, Nevada. 1973

Friday, June 21, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Going with the Grain, and in the Sprinter.

Our friend Craig Manning, the geochemist, has been planning an extensive North American road trip attuned to the geologic grains of the continent. Tracking the ice sheets and more. But,
"When I went to DMV to pick up my vanity plates, the African American woman behind the desk goes, “What’s that mean, white grain?” I think she thought I was trying to sneak some nazi slogan onto my plates. I said that it meant "with the grain". But she had her suspicions and had me explain the meaning and details of the trip and the larger idea, and I blathered on about things--grains, the grain--being well-seen and better understood by working one's way along them. “Whoa, sounds sciency” was her response. You never know when you are going to have to explain some ill-formed private thought. And you never anticipate how quickly it will be dismissed. By a DMV desk clerk, even.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

1958 Chevrolet Apache

Thanks to Greg Phillips who caught the Apache in Apalachicola, FL. These trucks are always turquoise.

Monday, June 17, 2019

1978 Dodge Adventurer SC 200

7800 original miles. Towing package. Up for auction at Owl's Head, Maine this August.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Studebaker Power Wagon

from Michael Moore: Those tough roughies from Maine brought to mind some things in my archives such as this PowerLark [LarkWagon?] shot in Gerlach, Nevada in the mid-seventies. And while looking for that, I came upon a bunch of my early works, cars I painted around 1971: like this ’56 DeSoto.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

1957 Ford Ranchero

The car is for sale at Motorland in Arundel, Maine. AL has posted a herd of Rancheros, like this '59 a few years back. And a bunch of Falcon Rancheros.