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, January 30, 2020

1950 Chevrolet, suite 50.

Back in Banff days I remember Toby and Colin lived in one of these for a while and called it Suite 50

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

1947 CHEVROLET PICKUP. Midcoast Maine.

We are kinda guessing since had to catch this beauty on the fly, with family impatient on the way home from a ski day at Camden Snow Bowl. But yeah, it ain't a Ford.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Austin America

Geoff Park spotted the last, desperate British attempt to crack the North America car market strapped to a trailer in the exurbs of Chicago. I remember these were around for a short while in the early Seventies. 0-60mph in...24 seconds? 

Monday, January 27, 2020

Toyota Land Cruiser fj, Ecuador

Larry Nordell had this from a friend who spotted truck + bamboo bed in Ecuador.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Grandpa's 1962 Rambler

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From the photographer Patrick Arnold's collection of family slides.

Friday, January 24, 2020

1959 Land Rover 88 Series II

On the block today at B-A-T

#vanlife in Siberia

from Guido Goluke:
"Here is my all-time favourite van, this one in livery of the Russian postal service, having just crossed the mighty river Irtish at Tobolsk in Siberia."

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

1959 Lincoln

Saw one of these for sale in the Maine woods a while back, and we have posted on the '58 and the Living Garage. These Lincolns really were ugly but then starting in '61 Lincolns suddenly were all kinds of Italian-designed cool,

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020

Series Land Rover Defender

Blue sky January, Cambridge, Mass. "Defender" always sounds a little...defensive.
 Some more Land Rovers from the 'hood...

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Truck aesthetics

Behold the 2021 GMC Denali. From the front end, to global warming, just about everything is wrong with this thing.  And where else to read about it in a fluff piece but Fox News? If you're asking for ugly, as far as AL is concerned this is it.
Beauty, on the other hand...well, how about a 1941 Chevrolet Suburban, ancestor of the Denali..,

Or, better yet...
(photo: Stephen Hendrickson)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020

Couple birds in Maine

Caught this pair of Ford Thunderbirds at Motorland in Arundel, Maine in October. A 1963 Ford Thunderbird and 1965 Ford Thunderbird.