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, KARIN, will be out from Pantheon (US) and House of Anansi (Canada) in March 2016. 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.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Craig Manning's Coffee Run, Cote d'Azur; and the ghost Ford of the Old Woman Mountains

from Craig Manning, the traveling geochemist. 
"Summer is coming, yellow is the color."-CEM
 1. Scanlon Gulch, Old Woman Mountains, Mojave desert, CA
 2. coffee run, Cote d’Azur. Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France
3. Swim ride. St Jean Cap Ferrat, France
4. At the pierogi stand. West LA
5. Mar Vista, CA
6. funmobile. Mar Vista, CA

Sunday, May 24, 2015

"Glide" at the Brooklin Boatyard

Built in Massachusetts; I think in the late 1940's. Good cruising sailboat. Not fast. She was painted and tuned up at BBY.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two T-Birds, Wiscasset Maine

 And they were both for sale at Twisted Iron Customs, in Wiscasset.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Louis DeSoto and the GMC Cahuilla

from Michael Moore, in California: "We were doing a sculpture install in Santa Rosa on Tuesday when Lewis DeSoto turned up in his 4x4 3/4 ton [nominally GMC] Cahuilla, an immaculate piece of conceptual art which also serves as his work truck.
Neither pictures, nor my words, can begin to do it [or his practice] justice.  As an aside, he is of Cahuilla ancestry, and a couple his uncles ran an auto body shop in San Bernadino, where he grew up;
…anyway, I think the link will lead you to the website showing his automotive works [he does a lot more, and varied, stuff]; check it out.  The truck was immaculate, and a trip."--MSM

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

1939 Cadillac LaSalle

from Colin Washburn, in the Sierra foothills: "I kept going back to this beautiful car at the annual Copperopolis Car Show. Pure class. THE car of the show in my book. Clean, customized details all over it, like the "suicide doors" that aren't stock ! Easily one of the finest rides I've ever seen."-CRW
 We posted a 1942 Cadillac in Alpine, Texas.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

1951 FORD F1 Arundel, Maine

Saw the Ford down at Motorland in Arundel. It was early April but felt like the first day of Spring. That bold, bare season--between snow and leafing-out--passes so quickly here in Maine. We're in deep green now, though still cool with fog along the coast. But Maine fog is more interesting than the gloomy old Marine Layer that presses down on Santa Barbara around this time of year. June (sometimes May) Gloom? Not in Maine. February gloom? That's another story. We're very fond of an F2 of this era that lives down in Marfa.

1957 Packard Clipper Station Wagon

For sale in Chattanooga. Five grand. Find out more on B-A-T. The 1957 Packard Clipper Wagon is claimed by the seller to be one of 836 built and a factory McCulloch supercharged 289 V8 car.