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.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

1980 Chevrolet Malibu wagon

 Looks clean. It's a three-speed manual! These were so much better-looking than the clamshells. It's for sale, in British Columbia. Craigslist

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Thank You, Mr. Herreshoff

Sprite and Cirrus in light air on Eggemoggin Reach. Below, a couple hours ealrier in Center Harbor. Those are 12 1/2's and Beetle Cats.

Monday, August 21, 2017

1967 International Harvester Scout 800

Auction on Tuesday 8/22. Details at BAT 

1950 GMC, 1953 GMC

from Alex Emond in southern Saskatchewan: I was just out on the prairies for a week - if I sent you all the truck pictures that I took, at once, you'd get a near-fatal sugar rush. Some are trucks that we have seen before but in different light and/or settings but I don't seem to be running out of subject matter. I plan to spend late September and a lot of October in Sask. which I am looking forward to . Driving around in that vast and varied land gives me the feeling that you probably get while you're sailing. Here's a pair of "full frontals" for you. You saw these trucks about 6 years ago . Great to see that they are still in the same place ... although not in 'exactly' the same place because they are still on call for periodic tasks . The red bulldozer is quite the beast. If you could drive/operate that you could drive anything, including a herd of cattle . Cheers , Alex ps; are you going to Owl's Head or is that too dangerous ?




Sunday, August 20, 2017

1916 Delage, and 3D Printing. And Strine iksents.

Check the link for the story on 3D printing a  16-cylinder engine block from a 1914 Delage racecar. Thanks to Larry Nordell who got the story from by an old Caltech buddy, Jim Sorenson. You have to be able to handle Strine iksents to listen to, and understand, the link. 
No problem, myte.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Carry Me , the 100 year plan

My third novel, Carry Me, is a finalist for the Vine Canadian Jewish Literature Award
Not bad for an Irish Catholic with a German name. Hono(u)red.
Behrens is a master, at home in the broad sweep of history and the intimate detail of a character’s experience. This is a novel that could be, should be, read in a hundred years– The Jury

1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR: "Unsafe at Any Speed" by Ralph Nader

from Matt Dallett, who may know something about tort law: "Not easy to take a pic while trying to maintain a modest distance in uneven rush hour traffic. Anyway, it's a Corvair with a Ralph Nader for President sticker.‎ In Revere, Mass."
A Chevy Corvair at Ralph Nader’s new American Museum of Tort Law, in his hometown of Winsted, Conn.