Dorchester, a mostly unsung section of Boston, adjacent to Southie. UMass Boston and the Kennedy Library are in Dorchester, a large and varied neighborhood of mostly wooden houses, mostly triple-deckahs, with some big old ship-captain house on the hills and a mix of fascinating older buildings from back in the day when Dorchester was its own town.That yellow house looks like 18th c. to me, and no one's fussing over it. Those triple-deckahs are over Boston, Cambridge, and the rest of New England.
- Brooklin, Maine, United States
- 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 www.peterbehrens.org 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.
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from Jonathan Welsh, in N.J. "Here is a car that has fascinated me since childhood. Sorry about the single photo but I would have to trespass to get more. I imagine the owner still plans to get this one back on the road. Any day now. We can't see much but this could only be a Nash Metropolitan from the 1954 to 1962 model years. The spare-tire mount on the trunk gives it away. People often call it the first American subcompact car but they might be forgetting the Crosley and probably others that could make a case."
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Thanks to Matt Dallet for the heads-up on this piece in Citylab :
"To get a handle on what’s happened to pickup trucks, it really helps to use a human body for scale. In some nerdy Internet circles — specifically, bike and pedestrian advocacy — it has become trendy to take a selfie in front of the bumper of random neighborhood Silverados. Among the increasingly popular heavy-duty models, the height of the truck’s front end may reach a grown man’s shoulders or neck. When you involve children in this exercise it starts to become really disturbing. My four-year-old son, for example, barely cleared the bumper on a lifted F-250 we came across in a parking lot last summer..."
(read the rest of the article here).
And see AL's cranky post on truck giantism vs. the sharp new Canoo pickup.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Every year the brand-newest pickup trucks we see heaving themselves around here in Downeast Maine seem more gargantuan and cartoonish. Massive bogus action-hero toys, Tom Cruise-trucks, Trump-trucks. Make-My-Day-Masculinity Trucks. Like aggressive schoolyard bullies they make our full-size GMC 1500 from 1975 look like something tiny and nimble, maybe handmade, maybe from Italy.
There's so much ersatz masculinity thrown into US truck design. Consider, on the other hand, that Peugeot van from the Fifties we posted a few days ago. Okay, it's a van not a pickup--but form follows function, right? You can't really go wrong following that principle. Today's massive chrome-festooned pickup trucks are dream machine toys, fake manhood machines--every year, it's like Dumb & Dumberer all over again.
So it's good to know some people-and not just Elon Musk--have been rethining the concept of the pickup truck as a work and recreation tool. Thanks to Alex Emond for the heads-up on the Canoo truck, above. From Business Insider: "Electric-vehicle firm Canoo on Wednesday took the wraps off of a striking truck it says will hit streets come 2023. Preorders open later this year, but Canoo hasn't yet released all specs or pricing details....The startup initially announced a pill-shaped EV it plans to sell under a subscription model, but has since pivoted to offer commercial vehicles people can actually own. In December it announced a lineup of delivery vans of various shapes and sizes, and now it's moving into pickup trucks, which it's targeting toward businesses and regular consumers. Shares of Canoo rose more than 14% as of Thursday afternoon following the news...."