Eagle Nest, New Mexico, 2012. “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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Brooklin, Maine, United States
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 25 years--we're recyclers. 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). More of my book stuff at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'll be teaching at Colorado College and Wichita State in 2013-14.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

One Morning in Maine,part 3

Charlena was built as a lobster boat by Newell McLain in Thomaston, Maine 1943, Nowadays she lives in Center Harbor.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Orphan County cars : 1950 Ford Custom; 1929 Ford. And Mother Jones

from Michael Moore in Walsenburg, Huerfano County, Colorado:"In town today there were these two Fords forlornly advertising the local industry, which seems to have devolved into people trying to sell overpriced "antiques" to passing tourists... A nice original two door sedan...[actually that's maybe a Chevy, now that I look at it !] [[Nah, it's Ford Town Coupe--AL]]

"Behind that a tractor [with model A wheel available for plucking from the fence behind it];
Just off Fourth Street, half a block east of our storage building and within sight of the Huerfano County courthouse, this shoebox... somebody once put a tarp over it, but they wandered off, alas...
That would be the courthouse in the background, on the steps of which Mother Jones proclaimed "if the men weren't man enough to go on strike the women will" either just before she was arrested or just after making bail around 100 years ago.  The Ludlow Massacre (AL-see  David Mason's novel-in-verse, Ludlow) soon followed, and the rest is history, as they say, ongoing; meanwhile we have this four-door from the fifties, languishing...

Monday, July 21, 2014

One Morning in Maine, part 2. "Cirrus"

One of the most beautiful boats in a harbor with an extraordinary fleet. Cirrus, built by Herreshoff, 1931, one of the  Fishers Island 31's, originally rigged as a sloop, converted to a yawl.

One Morning in Maine, part 1

1954 Mercury Sun Valley


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Linda Fleming's 1950 Chevrolet 3100 truck, Orphan County.

Photo courtesy of http://mikesmooreptgs.com/wordpress/?p=454

...with her steel sculpture, Glimpses, in the foreground.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

At the Brooklin Boat Yard

She's a 70-foot sloop, in progress. Very high tech. Frank Gehry one of the designers. The snow shovel  gives some sense of scale. We saw her flipped in June.