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 an '86 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of '97 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 27 years--we're recycling. I've published 2 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), and THE O'BRIENS (2012), and 2 collections of stories NIGHT DRIVING (1987), and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). Novel # 3, CARRY ME, will be out from Pantheon (US) and House of Anansi (Canada) in February 2016 and by Editions Philippe-Rey (Paris). More of my book stuff at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I've been teaching at Colorado College, Wichita State, and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I'll be a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right. It's free. Never an ad, never a sales pitch.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Montreal ice slide crackup

Montreal is usually totally on it with sand and salt on winter days but yesterday was the start of the season and I guess the sytem was a little out of tune. I think this is McGill St., or Beaver Hall Hill. It's a hill, anyway, et c'etait la probleme.

William Christenberry: Seer of Southern Cars

this from Craig Manning:
"RIP William Christenberry, 1936-2016: seer of southern cars and vernacular architecture. He was autoliterate before autoliterate was cool"--CEM

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sunset Strip, 1964

Footage of Sunset Strip, West Hollywood in 1964 up here. Those cars! That smog! (Maybe the two were related?)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Twisted Iron of Saskatchewan

from our man on the northern plains, Alex Emond: "In the rolling hills between Wood Mountain and Fir Mountain , Saskatchewan, there is this odd looking wrecked car . This poor thing has been through a lot . Now , however , it has a strange beauty. Coming from Banff , I find it a bit funny that these two villages are named ' Mountain' . I guess it's all relative "--AE

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Northern Nevada, traffic not a problem

More from Michael Moore in Nevada, post-concrete:
"Now that our grading’s done I’m hoping for some precip…a lot! too.  Dunno if there’s even a chance.
Went up to Cedarville for an avocado yesterday, and the drive; there’s now a coffin maker in Cedarville 
"Live the cowboy way, leave the cowboy way” next door to Floating Island Books…nice simple pine caskets, if you’re in the market."

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Langdon Clay's Night Cars

Charlie Robert’s campaign car, Chevrolet Bel Air, Hoboken, NJ, 1976
White Tower car, Buick LeSabre, Meatpacking District, 1976. 
These are from photographer Langdon Clay's Cars--New York City, 1974-76.
Thanks to Maine photographer Scott Dorrance for the heads-up on this book.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Uh, where's my concrete?

"Rolled it, for fuck’s sake…almost out the canyon coming down to Squaw [from Cedarville]…the driver walked away, pretty much, but
imagine rolling a Kenworth full of concrete…all the way.
So they’ll be here first thing tomorrow with the second load…that’s America for ya.
gotta love it…"
(from Michael Moore, in the Nevada desert