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.

Monday, February 19, 2018

1939 Ford convertible

 The car's for sale. Look it up on Jalopy Journal. "Owner motivated".

Sunday, February 18, 2018

1937 Plymouth

Thanks to Geoff Park who saw the car in Terlingua, Texas. I'm guessing it's a GM car, mid- to late Thirties. I'm more certain of the date than the marque.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

1940s Reo Truck US Navy 1 1/2 ton

From Colin Washburn, in the Sierra foothills: "An old U.S. Navy Reo, at Cover’s Apple Ranch, Tuolumne, Ca."
And from Autoliterate: Tell me there is not something beautiful in the lines of this workhorse. Even in the elliptical-egg shape of the windows. and the rightness of those fenders. Not to mention the battleship prow.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Toy Wagon

From Don Greene Culbertson in Marfa TX--"the Toyota that drove out of a time capsule." From Autoliterate: I think mid-Eighties?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

1948 Chevrolet Thriftmaster 1-ton

from Colin Washburn in the Sierras: "Seen in Cold Springs, Ca.. For sale. Rebuilt 292 c.i. engine, that 'was running when we parked her here 10 years ago!' ”

Here are the specs on these trucks from the GM Heritage Center.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Penny for your Cadillac

From Colin Washburn:
Received this story from a friend .....
Caddy completely covered in US pennies, glued on one by one with silicone. Took 6 weeks, added 200lbs. to car, cost $384.00 !

Ecclesiastic Architecture of South Saskatchewan

from our Rocky Mountain/ High Plains correspondant, Alex Emond: " I'm a little low on trucks right now, in the middle of February. Let me send you a sampling of the churches that dot the landscape of S.W. Saskatchewan . A few are still used but many are slowly losing ground to time and neglect . Some are kind of in the middle of nowhere , but you have to remember that there was a time when there were more people, smaller farms and churches had to be fairly close to home . In a few cases the church is all that's left of a town, in the case of Frenchville or Elm Springs. It takes a long time for buildings to tumble in the dry climate , and you won't see signs of vandalism ... in fact , most church doors are never locked . I am sure that there are more churches out there ... so many roads , so little time. Cheers, Alex"