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). Novel # 3, KARIN, will be out from Pantheon (US) and House of Anansi (Canada) in March 2016. More of my book stuff at www.peterbehrens.org 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.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

1945 Jeep on the road to Acadia NP

 HBB shot these through the back window of the truck on our way to Mount Desert Island and Acadia NP to hike the Gorham Mountain trail on a warm foggy November day.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Fast Finnish Plymouth

                                                                                           Ilkka Koskenheimo photo

When I see Finns elsewhere in Europe, they're usually riding Harleys. But I guess it's hemis at home.

Living Large in America: the Ford Transit Connect & State-by-State Obesity Rates

 These nifty 'tradesman' vans are very popular in Yerp, as we saw when we lived in Holland. Ford has been importing and selling them into the US market since 2010...

Now that they're available in the US, the design will start super-sizing until soon the point of the original (small, neat, economical efficient, hardworking) will be lost, as they become another swollen myth-vehicle...like the F-150 (sorry, I meant F-350 of course)...This truck reminds me--it has the gestalt of--one of those megachurches you see out there in the exurban heartland...Kind of defensive. Shiny, but kind of angry, too. Over several tops.  Kind of an assault rifle of a truck.

In the meantime, I'm noticing a lot of the brisk little vans in Maine. Catch one while you can--they won't stay small for long. Nothing does in America, especially the people.

Heading Home (Crossing the Penobscot)

 We headed Downeast yesterday, to spend Thanksgiving week at Brooklin. After some bitterly cold weather this month it was a warmish day, 50 degrees F and plenty of sun. Not a leaf left on the trees: that shiny silver light of November. We stopped for a late breakfast at Chase's Daily in Belfast, and half an hour later crossed the Penobscot Narrows Bridge into Hancock County. It's the final week for the Verso paper mill at Bucksport, which is shutting down after 84 years.


Volvo P-210 Portland Maine

My plainjane 850 station wagon is the direct descendant of this machine, but my '97 5-speed was about the last one made before Volvo wagons became über-fancy mom cars with infotainment systems and leather everything.  This car is at Alan's Volvo shop in Portland, Maine.


Edward Hopper light, Portland Maine

Friday, November 21, 2014

1929 Rolls Royce Shooting Brake. Downton Abbey

Colin Washburn caught it at the Ironstone Vineyards Concours d'Elegance in Murphys, Ca. In California it's a woody but I guess it would have been called a 'Shooting Brake' at Downton Abby.