Trucks, cars, highways, landscape, good writing.
"You cannot travel on the path, before you have become the Path itself."
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.
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 www.peterbehrens.org 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.
from Alex Emond, in southern Saskatchewan: "Here's a warrior of a truck, down in Val Marie. It is set up as a bale picker...one big round bale at a time. Hard to imagine that it was ever new. Cheers--AE"
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.
The place to stay in Cimarron, New Mexico. Epicenter of the Colfax County War of the 1870s. There were "wars" like this all over the Wild West from the end of the Civil War into the 1890s. Apart from the Indian Wars---there were these county wars (Lincoln County War in NM, starring Billy the Kid; Johnson County War in Wyo.) All had to do with ownership and rights re land that had been of course stolen from th original inhabitants. Lots of guns around because of the history of Indian Wars and probably in the 1870s lots of young men with experience of mass violence from the Civil War. There was a good deal of murder in Colfax County, some of it in the saloon bar that occupied this site before the St James was put up in the 1880s.