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.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Saskatchewan Roughriders: Ford F150 Field Hand

from Alex Emond, in southern Saskatchewan: "Here's a warrior of a truck, down in Val Marie. It is set up as a bale big round bale at a time. Hard to imagine that it was ever new. Cheers--AE"

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Peugeot MK truck, 1930s

It's been too long since we posted a Peugeot. Craig Manning spotted this one in Paris, on the Ile St-Louis.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

1964 Chevrolet K10. Salida, Colorado


'51 Ford Tudor: the noir car from David Taylor.

David Taylor saw the car in Austin. Nice custom job, very clean. This era Ford does turn up in a lot of noir films--and didn't Robert Mitchum drive one in Thunder Road? BTW, David Taylor's new noir novel Night Work is just out, to acclaim:

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:  Taylor’s masterly command of historical detail and his powerful delineations of characters both real and fictional should help put this second novel, like his first, into contention for an Edgar Award. 

BOOKLIST: Building to a slam-bang finale involving an assassination attempt, $500,000 in purloined Mob money, and cameos from Meyer Lansky and other marquee mobsters, the novel sails smoothly forward, nicely combining romance, historical detail, and, yes, that delightfully gin-soaked atmosphere.

Friday, April 22, 2016

1962 Studebaker Lark


International Harvester L-110. Salida, Colorado.

It was sunny in Salida but there was weather coming. A snowstorm was blowing around the front range and it caught me in South Park going across the Pass and down into Colorado Springs.