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.

Monday, March 27, 2017

1959 Chevrolet El Camino

from Alex Emond, in Banff: "I think the year is 1959. I was amazed to see this ride tucked away in a Banff hotel's underground parking lot. I don't think that it is running all that well but it is in pretty good shape and it's all there and that is most of the battle. That would be, for instance , a hard rear window to find , and this one's perfect. Love it, and I'd love even more if I was driving it on a prairie road with George Jones on the radio. I am heading to Saskatchewan tomorrow for a week, so maybe there are a few trucks poking out of the melting snow banks. Stay tuned . Cheers"-AE
(Have a look at the 1960 El Camino we caught in The Springs a while back-Autoliterate)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

1984 Chevrolet Caprice wagon

Eric Blake of the Brooklin Boatyard just added this low-mileage 1984 Chevrolet Caprice wagon to his family fleet. Here is another of Eric's projects: the Germain-Freres-designed sloop Foggy launched at Brooklin Boatyard in 2015.

Berenice Abbot

 Fifth Avenue, Nos. 4,6 and 8.   Berenice Abbot photograph. f1936

Saturday, March 25, 2017

1963 Ford Galaxie

Maybe the car for a road trip in North Carolina? Up for auction this week. Details at BAT

American Houses: Cambridge (Mass.) vernacular

Versions of the vernacular Cambridge, mostly unfancy North Cambridge, with a bit of Agassiz district. The wall is part of the O'Neill branch of the Cambridge Public Library, located in the Peabody School in North Cambridge. Tip O'Neill who represented this part of the world in Congress to me stands as a kind of anti-Trump. A man in touch with his roots, possessed of a deep Americanness but grounded in his Irish background and in the ancient  values of the civitas: community, civility, democracy; treating everyone as if they were your neighbor and you were in this together.
The three-decker is about as close to the heart of the New England housing vernacular as it gets.

Friday, March 24, 2017

1966 Ford F100

Thanks to Lee Buck for this. I want one for  Autoliterate World Headquarters at Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square.

1955 Cadillac Series 62 sedan: Rob Hann photograph

Rob Hann photograph. Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

1959 Chevrolet Apache 3200 (for sale)

The flesh-tone paint doesn't do it for me but at least there is one Apache that isn't turquoise. Looks like a total frame-off restoration. Up for auction this afternoon. In Oregon. Details at BAT. 

Broadway, 1954

found it on The Old Motor. Newest car is  '54 Chrysler New Yorker parked on the left.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

William Eggleston. 1955 Ford Victoria

William Eggleston photograph. "I am at war with the obvious."

Monday, March 20, 2017

1978 VW Bus, Portlandia

 I'm not sure how well I can intrepret these images. Basha Burwell shot the bus in Portland Oregon. I guess maybe a late-70s VW. And Keen is a Portland based footwear (I guess that means shoe) company. And the bus has pent some time in Mexico. The plates are Mexico City but from the stickers in the back it had also been registered in other Mexican states. The somber light in the photo speaks of a grey & sodden winter out there in that Other Portland.

Stephen Shore photograph. Hidden Nova

Stephen Shore photo from his Uncommon Places

Sunday, March 19, 2017

1950 Morris Minor Convertible

ALways liked them. Looks like a baby 1951 Chevrolet. This one is up for auction on Monday 3/20.
Details at BAT. 


Basha Burwell caught the bus (not really) in Portland, Oregon.

1992 Chevrolet Caprice, high-roller.

photo: Michael Moore in Benicia CA. Wow.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cool Triumph TR-6

Rare to see a car like this chilling in Cambridge in the winter. Maybe a 1970? I remember those red stripe tires.

Boquillas del Carmen, Coahuila, Mexico

Friday, March 17, 2017

1956 Chevrolet Apache.

from Michael Moore, at the Benicia Marina (California). If you try the Autoliterate search widget, you'll find more posts on Apaches, like this '58.