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.


My photo
Brooklin, Maine, United States
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, November 23, 2017

Chill 1968 MGBGT from NS in NDG

That duplex is the standard vernacular housing in Montreal's Notre Dame de Grace neighborhood.
I think the last time we caught one of these cars was in NL. And that one was snowy too.
Happy Turkey!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rob Hann Photograph: Rachel, Nevada

Rob Hann photograph. Reminds me of a line from a Paul Simon song...
"Abandoned now, just like the war"

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

1950 Ford F-2

from Alex Emond: "Circa 1950 Ford F2, in fair condition. Parked in a back yard in Piapot, Sask..I don't think that it's quite roadworthy but it wouldn't take much.  Cheers, Alex"

Monday, November 20, 2017

1980 Jeep Gladiator. Hunting rig. Far-West Texas

Photo by Geoff Park, who saw the unit in Brewster County, Texas. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Overnight at Walmart: from the NYT

“You’re going to see a lot of folks out here running from something,” said a man who identified himself only as Sunny. He posed with a stuffed animal of an amphibian named Fabian for a portrait in his R.V. in a Walmart parking lot in Asheville, N.C. He added: “For the first time in my life I’m not running from anything. I guess I was running from myself.”
 A piece in the NYT on Walmart's policy of letting people overnight in its parking lots, and the culture that's emerged in that scene.....
Overnight in Walmart Parking Lots: Silence, Solace and Refuge

Friday, November 17, 2017

Stephen Shore at MOMA

The Stephen Shore Exhibition at MOMA opens in New York this weekend. AL appreciates his deadpan look at American landscape. It is as mannered a style as any other but Shore forces us to see the dreary road-scape we have created for ourselves. Of course I love the cars. Wonder what John Brinckerhoff Jackson would have to say about these landscapes?

Marfa Yard Dogs: '69 Ford

from David Branch in West Texas

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

International Harvest L truck, and a Reo.

From Alex Emond, in south Saskatchewan: This Texaco Truck was sitting in a lot on Railway Ave. in Assiniboia. About 2 1/2 hours southwest of Regina. where it spent most of its working life. "You can trust your car to the man with the star".
Glad to see this old REO truck again (see below), the Gold Comet. Stars, Comets ...there must be an old Galaxy around here somewhere. Cheers, Alex"

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fisker (and the ghosts of WWI; and the Westmount Angel)

Don't know much about Fisker other than that they are the brainchild of a Finnish designer, and they are electric. The car was parked in front of a hydrant but no one seemed to mind. This was at the annual Remembrance Day parade and wreath-laying at the Westmount Cenotaph, in Montreal. As usual,  a cold grey day...

The best book I've read on WWI has to be Paul Fussel's The Great War and Modern Memory. Here's
Stephen Metcalf (in Slate), on Fussell:
" “I am saying,” he concludes one chapter in The Great War, as if replying to a margin note from a junior editor, “that there seems to be one dominating form of modern understanding; that it is essentially ironic; and that it originates largely in the application of mind and memory to the events of the Great War.”
Fussell iterates the thesis at length, and the result is a unique kind of masterpiece —a plausible argument by an ex-warrior in favor of literature as the most appropriate measure of the immense shock of not only war, but all social change..."

Monday, November 13, 2017

Chip Lord and the Mexico City Ford

from Chip Lord:  "One shot Ford truck seen in Mexico City, in front of the Cineteca Nacional (pictures of Stanley Kubrick on the fence behind). Original color!"

1936 Packard Boattail

from Colin Roswell Washburn,  in the Sierra foothills: "I've spotted this incredibly cool car a few times around Sonora. Finally saw it up close and got a few pics. The unmistakable PACKARD hubcaps told me what it was, and, according to my Google research, it seems to be an aptly named BOATTAIL ! It's dark grey, body straight and clean, a convertible, and a woman with lovely dirty-blonde hair is always at the wheel."

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Assiniboia 1970 Ford F100

From Alex Emond in south Saskatchewan: "This well maintained Ford pick me up was in Assiniboia...clean as a whistle!

Friday, November 10, 2017

une autre 1957 Buick Roadmaster

The photos are from the Fondation Cartier's book, Autophoto: Cars and Photography 1900 to Now. 
AL posted another of those 1957 mega-Buick Roadmaster convertibles last month. I think the car below may be an Indian Ambassador. We last saw one in the Netherlands.  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

1957 Ford Country Sedan

Eva H.D., the poet, saw the car "Just outside the Japanese rockabilly bar" in west-end Toronto.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

1971 Dodge D200 (for sale)

The Dodge goes on the auction block at BAT today.

1961 Borgward Isabella wagon

Michael Moore caught the car in the East Bay. "...a friend of mine had a sedan when I was in high school…or drove one, anyway. Kind of an eastern European vibe, but better built.."--MSM 
 AL: I think '61 was perhaps the last year for the Borg. A stylish Cold War wagon. There's an Isabella up for sale at Hemmings; unclear whether it is a wagon.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

1965 Fargo 300 grainer

From Alex Emond in south Saskatchewan: This mid-sixties truck was in Gravelbourg , caught just after a brief (and rare) shower . This thing's got presence. Great shape , although I see that cardboard box full of vital fluids on the passenger seat. The headlights are about the size of hubcaps. Great colour . Cheers , Alex