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, August 25, 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Vernacular Volvo 240 DL

 Your basic car, going strong. Like that M-B 240D a couple weeks back.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Thursday, August 22, 2019

1970 Ford F-100

from Alex Emond: "Here's a Ford Custom pickup. Circa 1970? Looks like it had a good life , so far This is in Swift Current, Saskatchewan"

Monday, August 19, 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

1968 Dodge Dart

 These were durable cars by the standards of their era. The Slant Six was a workhorse. I wonder if this car is really just a survivor--or a sleeper, in disguise, like this '66 Bel Air. Or my favorite car, this '64 Biscayne.

Monday, August 12, 2019

1965 Pontiac Catalina

Autoliterate is a Catalina fan and this one packs some punch, though it does not compare in sleekness to the earlier-Sixties Pontiacs.  On the block today at B-A-T.

Your basic Benz: The 240D

 The plain-jane Mercedes-Benz 240D, taxi to the world. Maybe the great Basic Car.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Friday, August 9, 2019

New York 50 "Spartan"

Spartan, New York 50, designed and built by Capt. Nathaneal Herreshoff, 1913. We caught her on Eggemoggin Reach. (Didn't actually catch her, we were sailing Scout nw on a port tack.)