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.

Thursday, May 24, 2018


from Stephen Hendrickson: "Today in PA. Cool drop down windows. Active duty or Army surplus I can't tell..."

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Before the Wagoneer, the Studebaker Wagonaire...

I want to go back there and shoot some images that do justice to this wild herd of rustbeests out there in the Pacheco Bros. shop in beautiful, remote wide open country of eastern New Mexico, just below the breaks of the Canadian River. Check out the Chevrolet 3100 below. I think it has a Cummins diesel for motive power.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Chevrolet Veraneio

 It's a Brazilian GM take on the the SUV. I think early Seventies. When I saw the unit it was for sale at Motorland in Arundel, Maine.

Monday, May 21, 2018

1950 Mercedes Benz 190. Deer Isle, Maine

It was a beautiful May day down on the island. Bare light of spring.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

c.1960 Mercedes Benz 190D. Taos County, NM.

This was on the road coming into Taos from Cimarron, New Mexico. I didn't see a For Sale sign but it sure looked like it.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Vikings of New Mexico, and Ireland

The Vikings of New Mexico---raw material for the massive ratted trucks turned out by the brilliant  Pacheco Bros. 

Speaking of Vikings, here's a poem by Seamus Heaney that is really about Ireland, and The Troubles...

     Seamus Heaney

I returned to a long strand,
the hammered curve of a bay,
and found only the secular
powers of the Atlantic thundering.

I feel the unmagical
invitations of Iceland,
the pathetic colonies
of Greenland, and suddenly

those fabulus raiders,
those lying in Orkney and Dublin
measured against
their long swords rusting,

were ocean-deafened voices
warning me, lifted again
in violence and ephiphany.
The longship's swimming tongue

was buoyant with hindsight--
it said Thor's hammer swung
to geography and trade,
thick-witted couplings and revenges,

the hatreds and behindbacks
of the althing, lies and women
exhaustions nominated peace
memory incubating the spilled blood.

It said, "Lie down
in the word-hoard, burrow
the coil and gleam
of your furrowed brain.

Compose in darkness.
Expect aurora borealis
in the long foray
but no cascade of light.

Keep your eye clear
as the bleb of the icicle,
trust the feel of what nubbed treasure
your hands have known.

Friday, May 18, 2018

1958 Edsel Bermuda wagon

You might say American design hit its nadir with these gewgaw-laden 50s behemoths, but it was kind of a fun nadir, as nadirs go. Caught the wagon at Motorland, in Arundel Maine, where it's for sale.