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.

Monday, September 30, 2019

1947 Studebaker M-5; Chevrolet 1300; shades of envy.

 These two trucks were the first green to show up last April in Maine's early spring. Saw them at Motorland, in Arundel. May still be there.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

1929 Ford AA

From Alex Emond: "I was passing through Eastend , Saskatchewan yesterday morning and caught this old truck in the early morning light. Good looking relic. It would be a big project to restore but the parts are out there. All you need is patience, money and tools, skills,time etc. That's why I just take pictures, I guess . 
"Jack's" on the main drag has a new coat of paint . Saskatchewan green . Cheers , Alex"

Eastend is a town with a literary past. Check it out on this AL post from a while back.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

1966 Buick Skylark, New York City

from the poet Eva H.D., in Harlem "Check out those preposterous wheels."

Friday, September 27, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

1967 Lancia Flaminia 2.3

from Guido Goluke, in Amsterdam: "Here are some photos of maybe the most stylish Italian sportscar ever. Spotted in my part of Amsterdam, on the Noordermarkt, site of the weekly biological foodmarket."

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

1947 Cadillac.

from Reid Cunningham: "Pittsford, New York at the local supermarket. '47 Cadillac. (Thank you, New York State, for putting the year and manufacturer on the registration sticker). Finally a good use of a vanity plate."
AL posted this '46 Cadillac convertible a while bck.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

'57 Chevrolet Bel Air. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

from Michael Moore: "This spotted in Mabou, Cape Breton, N.S. by my friend David Rumsey, in Mabou on his way to MacKinnon’s Brook, Cape Breton, N.S….the trailer’s new, of course, but nicely paired with the ’57 Chev, eh?"

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Ford Model A Fordor

from Reid Cunningham: "Saw this 1930 Fordor Ford in Pittsford NY at one of very few remaining places that pumps gas and fixes cars. Maybe in for an oil change and chassis lube? The two bay garage with a small office and a pair of pumps out front used to be ubiquitous, but are now practically extinct."
We posted a 1930 Model A Town Sedan  in Brooklin, Maine a while back. 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

1966 Mercury M-series 1/2 ton.

From Alex Emond: "On the street in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Warts and all. Pretty much a Ford by a different name." 
Check out another Canadian Mercury truck, in Nova Scotia.

Friday, September 20, 2019

1981 Pontiac Bonneville Brougham

Detroit was running out of steam. Pontiacs had lost their way and become showboats for oldsters. Auto-excitement had gone elsewhere. Still, this would be a solid road car for the Great American Wide Open. But compared it to, say, this 1962 Pontiac Parisienne? Dullsville.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

1993 Volvo 240 SE

You know we love the vernacular professorial Volvo 240. Flagship car of Cambridge, Mass., in the days before Prius and Tesla. Not to mention Maserati, Porsche, Range Rover and the other snootmobiles so  common now in our massively upscaled town.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

VW Combi Bus. Mexico to Harvard Square.

 The Combi, a water-cooled edition of the VW bus, was manufactured in Mexico.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

1975 Ford Torino

Caught the Torino galloping down the Maine Turnpike.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Model T truckified

from Alex Emond: "Here is a 100-year-old pickup, more or less, in Kincaid, Saskatchewan. Been in this guy's family the whole time. Guaranteed not to do burn-outs. It takes a crank, but it starts easily."
AL's last Model T was in Brooklin, Maine.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Truck, Church, Flag

From Reid Cunningham, in St. Johnsville, NY. "While taking a detour to see where I lived when in elementary school, I was in a rural part of upstate NY on the southern edge of the Adirondacks. I saw this well worn square body in front of an a former church. The house next to the church, and connected to it was occupied but the church looked abandoned. The flag was tattered. It invoked a number of feelings, and said a lot to me given our current circumstances in the US, but I will leave those aside for now."

Friday, September 13, 2019

Blanchard 27' sloop (for sale)

 Cool, quick, wooden. Built on the West Coast--and for sale in Brooklin, Maine.