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.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

1955 Chevrolet Wagon

Saw the car in Cambridge MA. The car had just been sold that morning for $2k.  Pretty clean except for rust along the roof gutters.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

1953-57 Volkswagen

The oval window. Cool roof rack. Cambridge MA. They call it fall.

Monday, October 28, 2019

1976 Chevrolet K-10

In Blue Hill, Maine. Truck looked pretty straight, not much rust. Maybe it came from away, because Downeast Maine trucks, like Downeast Maine people, tend to be salty. Nice looking truck but wheels and tires maybe kinda small?

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Roadsters sur la plage

Last summer's race on the beaches of Normandy, in France. All photos by that amazing Lowtech Swiss guy.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

1961 GMC C10

From Michael Moore: "From the Benicia (Calif.) Arsenal, a beater GMC, most likely 1959 or 1960."
AL: We admire those northern California trucks that somehow hang on for 60 years, no one taking much care of them.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019

1965 Pontiac Catalina (Plainjane)

AL has a thing for plainjanes and this Catalina is about as basic as they come...but with a 389 V8. Certainly has sleeper potential. Saw the car at Motorland in Maine. More than you wanted to know about Pontiac V8's here.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Swift Current Studebaker

Alex Emond saw the truck at an event sponsored by The Eliminators Car Club of Swift Current, Saskatchewan last August.  If you enter Studebaker in our search widget, you'll see a bunch, including this Commander AL caught in West Texas a while back.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Cop Truck

Anything to sell a pickup truck. Seems kinda over-the-top and NFLish for me, cops riding in large trucks. Put them in a Prius, I say. 
Yeah I sound kinda Cambridge (MA), I know. 

Monday, October 21, 2019

1953 Buick Roadmaster Wagon

Saw the car in a barn in Maine. That's a lotta car. And remember this '51 Roadmaster wagon? Supersize me!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

1964 Chevrolet C10 Stepside

"Green Pickup, Garment District, Manhattan"  one of Langdon Clay's Cars: New York City 1974-76

Friday, October 18, 2019

1950 Ford F1

 If you type F1 in our search widget you'll see a bunch. Like these. This truck is for sale at Motorland in Arundel, Maine.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Dueling Matadors

1974 American Motors Matador at Adam's Food Shark in Marfa, Texas

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1966 Plymouth Fury

"Wet Red Car", one of Langdon Clay's Night Cars of New York. On his site, it's called a Ford Fairlane, but we know better. 1966 or 1967 Plymouth; am I right?  His portraits are spooky and summon up an age for me, the gritty 1970s when Manhattan was feeling kind of wrecked and on the road to ruin. But glamorous. Now it feels like a nature preserve for the 'rich people' species.