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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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, August 27, 2014

Schooner "Victory Chimes" on Eggemoggin Reach

If you've a chart in front of you, that's Conary's Island in the background. Wind's blowing from the southeast, tending south, maybe 11 knots. Also saw the (I think)  Lewis B. French :

1951 Chevy of Chama (New Mexico)

                                                                                                    Now that's patina. From Michael Moore's blog.
Plenty more Advanced Design Chevy trucks are up on Autoliterate

Earthbound Moon & West Texas Fury

Lubbock Architecture's Fury. Photo from Earthbound Moon.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

1946 Chevrolet COE tow-truck

Mercury M-1 truck

The truck was for sale at Kool Kustoms in Orland Maine. Mercury trucks were sold in Canada. Caught one in Nova Scotia-- a M-3--a while back. Only thing I don't like about this truck is the interior: those Chinese-leather seats. Would much rather see a good old fashioned investment-grade vinyl bench.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Artists' Cars: Mary-Louise and the Buick Skylark

"Art Cars"--vehicles festooned with concepts and gewgaws of one kind or another--are a tiresome genre. I speak as a car guy. There are exceptions, Shawn HibmaCronan's Ford Falcon van project, "Love, Inertia, and the Perfect Stance", being one.  On the other hand, artists' cars are sort of interesting. A few years ago, when I was on the art colony circuit---Yaddo, Macdowell, Ucross, VCCA--I noticed that artists, often enough out of NYC--tended to drive roomy, battered, nondescript Outer Borough street cars, vans, and pickup trucks. Those gravel parking lots at Saratoga Springs and Peterbrough usually had a scrappy, no-fuss, utilitarian air, filled as they were with the dented, unshiny cars that my people had bought with money from the last or first painting they'd sold, or a scrap of grant money, or a teaching gig. Or maybe they'd inherited the wheels from their grandmother because there certainly were a lot of grandmotherly cars: Oldsmobile sedans, etc. My sister Mary Behrens, another Colony habituĂ©, used to drive a mid-Seventies Chevy wagon. I'm glad to see the artist Mary-Louise Geering keeping a proud bohemian tradition alive with her stylish early-80s Buick Skylark.

Native Species of Southern Colorado: The 1951 Chevrolet

The annual Resuscitation of the Truck, August, 2014, at Libre. And Advanced Design-era trucks have featured on plenty of AL posts.