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 26 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 March 2016 and Editions Philippe-Rey (Paris) will publish it as PORTE-MOI. 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, July 3, 2015

1972 K20 Chevrolet Cheyenne

The truck looks very clean and it's for sale in South Carolina. Find out more on B-A-T.

1959 Country Squire

I hope you're as ready for the 4th as this guy is. From Vintage Roadside  Someone is driving this 1959 Ranch Wagon around Switzerland.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Surf City: Santa Cruz and the VW bus

from Colin Washburn: "Classic Santa Cruz, where these VW's are still pretty common."

I Had My Eye On Your Imperial

 Was this the one Chrissie Hynde was looking at?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chrysler, Just West of Cadillac

Today is Canada Day. We used to call it Dominion Day. A holiday ought to celebrate an idea, right? Like Independence Day. I wonder what our (Canadian) idea is?
John Ralston Saul, in A Fair Country, "argues that the famous 'peace, order, and good government' that supposedly defines Canada is a distortion of the country’s true nature. Every single document before the BNA Act, he points out, used the phrase “peace, welfare, and good government,” demonstrating that the well-being of its citizenry was paramount. He also argues that Canada is a M├ętis nation, heavily influenced and shaped by aboriginal ideas: egalitarianism, a proper balance between individual and group, and a penchant for negotiation over violence are all aboriginal values that Canada absorbed. Another obstacle to progress, Saul argues, is that Canada has an increasingly ineffective elite, a colonial non-intellectual business elite that doesn’t believe in Canada. It is critical that we recognize these aspects of the country in order to rethink its future."

Notes and photos from Alex Emond, on a Saskatchewan trip, back in early May:
"I spied this 1925-ish Chrysler from the road and went onto a farm property to take these shots. There wasn't anyone around, because its seeding time ... anyway , it's a grand old car , crank start and all . You wouldn't have to take off your Stetson to drive this regal ride . This was just a little west of Cadillac (Saskatchewan). "-AE

I'd say an original, or very close to. Wonder where it's been in 90 years? Was it one of the scout cars Capone's crew of gunslingers drove, escorting whisky trucks  across the 49th parallel? My uncle, Staff Sgt Billy Lillis, in charge of the RCMP detachment at Medicine Hat, Alberta in the ninetween-twenties, was court-martialed and dishonorably discharged from the Force for being too friendly with bootleggers. I have the transcript of his trial. After his discharge he hit the skids and ended up a janitor living in a rented room above a pool hall in the Hat. Buried in the Catholic cemetery. No one in the family ever knew what became of Uncle Billy. On a research trip twenty-five years ago I walked into the bar of the Canadian Legion in Medicine Hat within five minutes I was talking to a gent who remembered "Wild Irish Billy" and his wild blue eyes.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Boatyard 1954 Chevy.

One of my favorite Maine cars. Great attitude.

Michael Heizer's City.

 In 1972, Michael Heizer began construction on the massive installation known as City in the desert of Lincoln County, Nevada. 
Thanks to Scott Dorrance for the heads-up on Michael Kimmelman's piece on Michael Heizer in the NYT last month: " “City” ... may be the most ambitious sculpture anyone has ever built, one of those audacious, improbable American dreams, at the scale of the West, conceived for the ages. More than a mile long, “City” is a kind of modern Chichen Itza in the midst of Garden Valley, a pristine, lunar stretch of stark and unspeakable beauty, an hour’s bumpy drive from the nearest paved road..."
There's a show--his first in years--up for a few more days at Gagosian in NYC: 18-ton slab of granite named "Potato Chip" and a 12-ton rock of iron ore called “Asteroid.”