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, May 31, 2020

Pontiac Catalina

from Reid Cunningham: "'68 and '77 Catalinas.  Springfield VT.  They had a number of old cars for sale and then a sort of junk yard/awaiting restoration area."  

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Arno Day Lobsterboat, getting ready.

The owner is pounding oakum into the seams of this lobster boat, built by Arno Day of Brooklin, Maine, probably in the Sixtis.

Friday, May 29, 2020

1952 Ford Mainline

from Alex Emond: "... exactly which model is a bit of a guess . Could be a Meteor since I'm in Canada. Mr. Wikipedia lists at least 4 possible model names like Crestline and Mainline. Whatever. It was sitting on the main drag in Aneroid, Saskatchewan for all to see. Looks like it's a driver. I don't have a problem with 4 doors, but aficionados say 2 is better. They don't have dogs
 ps: the grain elevator in Aneroid (below) 
pps: NHL player Patrick Marleau is from Aneroid

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

1966 Dodge Charger

From Jonathan Welsh: "We spotted this 1966 Dodge Charger next to Route 1 on the northern outskirts of Searsport, Maine. The radically rounded fastback lasted two model years and is rare these days.
"It's more popular (and more handsome?) progeny from 1968-70 became stars of large and small screens, whether one prefers "Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry," "The Dukes of Hazzard" or "Fast and Furious.""

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

1970 Ford F-100

 ("This is what happens when your trucks wins a lottery. Quite amazing"--Alex Emond, on Icon's Reformer take on a 1970 Ford F-100

Monday, May 25, 2020

1927 Something

Alex Emond saw it in Saskatchewan. But what is it? At some point the car was converted to a pickup truck...

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Old County Road, Brooklin Maine

We were glad to be part of a parade in Brooklin, Maine honoring students of Brooklin School. It was basically a town-wide drive-by of kids' homes, led by one of our fire trucks, the redoubtable Clarion. The 1963 GMC and the  '64 Chevy C-10 were just ahead of us in the line-up.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Lost and Found Trucks

from Alex Emond in Saskatchewan:
"I passed this hauler going east , close to the Ab./Sk. border . For a change , these trucks seemed to be heading to Sask. . The diamond amongst these ruffians is the 1938 General Motors Company truck, second to last here.
"Here's a few other 'trucks on trailers' that I have seen . They get bought at farm auctions and then they're off to their new life."

Friday, May 22, 2020

1994 Chevrolet 1500

 Basic clean Chevy, on the block today at Hemmings.

Mexican Ford

from Michael Moore: "I thought this might be the color, “Matador Red” that I had my 1960 VW cabriolet painted after the first time I wrecked it but when I asked the guy what it was all he knew was that it was 'orange…maybe Toyota color'…Ah well; tiny mags, saggy stance…Mexican Ford"

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Lost Wheels

Dieter Klein's photos of abandoned cars and trucks in Europe and America. Thanks to John Bronson and Brian O'Mahoney for the heads-up. Klein's book is Lost Wheels

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Mercury M-350

From Alex Emond: "More than just a Christmas decoration, this was a one ton beast, back in the day. This truck is out front of a farm alongside Hwy 4 between Swift Current and Cadillac. Sooner or later somebody is going to make an offer and haul it away . Really nice artifact that will ride again , hopefully. Saskatchewan is slowly opening up, cautiously

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Food Shark Fleet

Adam Bork photograph. 1964 Buick LeSabre. The Food Shark has a fleet of cars in Marfa.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

1967 MGB-GT

The poet Eva H.D. spotted the car in Toronto, before the May snow. Those red wire wheels...I guess the choice would have been the MG or the Volvo 1800 ES.
MGB-GT on the block at Bring A Trailer.