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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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 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.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

1987 GMC High Sierra 1500


Reid Cunningham caught the truck in Claremont NH..."This must have been someone's fun truck, with the short bed and High Sierra trim."  AL has posted a 1975 plainer-jane Sierra.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Thursday, June 17, 2021

1965 Plymouth Satellite

 from Reid Cunningham: "A pretty Satellite in Claremont NH.  My best recollection is the Commando V8 was the small block."                                                                                           AL caught a 1964 Dodge Polara out in Kansas a while back. And an Exner-era Dodge in Shediac, New Brunswick along with the million-mile Montreal Plymouth taxi.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Bank Parking Lot, Plains Georgia (1973 Chrysler Newport)

William Eggleston photograph  Bank parking lot, Plains.  1976.

Bank parking lot, Plains is from William Eggleston: Election Eve,  Steidl’s superb volume gathering 100 photographs that Eggleston shot in and around Plains, Georgia (en route from Mississippi), just prior to the 1976 Presidential election, when Democrat Jimmy Carter of Georgia defeated incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford from Michigan. “On the eve of the election, when nothing had yet been decided, when everything—whatever that everything was—hung in the balance, Eggleston made an elegy … a statement of perfect calm,” Lloyd Fonvielle writes. “To say, however, that these photographs are romantic, sorrowful and quiet is not to imply that they are easy or in any sense comforting. They are richer and more sensual in some ways than Eggleston’s other work, but they are not less penetrating or unsettling. In them Eggleston seems bent, as always, on recording those unremarked units of spatial perception by which the everyday world is unconsciously ordered.”

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Lobsters are anxious

Boats and gear going in the water now, Eggemoggin Reach, Blue Hill Bay, Jericho Bay around Deer I., and  offshore.


Sunday, June 13, 2021

William Eggleston, Untitled. (1962 Pontiac Bonneville)

William Eggleston, Untitled, c. 1973-1978. © Eggleston Artistic Trust. 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

1987 GMC High Sierra 1500

Reid Cunningham caught the truck in Claremont NH..."This must have been someone's fun truck, with the short bed and High Sierra trim."  AL has posted a 1975 plainer-jane Sierra.

Big Sky Country

     Somewhere between Cut Bank and Chester Montana.                            Sam Harper photo. 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Coachbuild Your Next Rolls-Royce

With the unveiling of one of three built-to-order Boat Tails, Rolls-Royce introduces a Coachbuild program that invites the customer into its design studio....Rolls-Royce, Designed by You: Inside the Carmaker’s New Custom Coachbuild Program. You can read the piece on

You understand that AL's dream car is a truck, probably something like the 1950 Chevrolet 3800 we posted a few days ago, so we've not put our name down for Coachbuild yet.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

1930 Ford Model A truck


Supersize me? How did everything in this country get so...large? Caught the trio above at a filling station/repair shop Cambridge MA. Here's a Model A we met up in Nova Scotia a while back. And a Model A Town Sedan in Maine. History of the Model A trucks at Curbside Classics.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

1950 Bristol 401 Two Litre

"The heart of the car’s success was its pre-war BMW-derived hemi-head straight-six, a superb unit, intelligently developed by Bristol, that was sought-after for sports and racing cars at the time.
But Bristol made the most of it in the 401. The first 2-litre production saloon to hit 100mph, its all-aluminium body was exceptionally aerodynamic, helped by push-button door opening and internal bonnet/boot releases..." Classic & Sports Cars

AL caught the car at Motorland in Arundel, Maine.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

1954 Chevrolet 210 Deluxe

From Alex Emond:  "I took a little tour of the residential side of Redcliff, Alberta and saw this pampered two-tone car. Somebody's pride and joy."  
AL posted a 1954 Bel Air for sale in Goshen, NY some time ago. And this meticulous '54 Bel Air in Sedgwick, Maine.