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.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Northern Rose at the Brooklin Boatyard

 A Torrey Island 29,  Joel White's design. She'll launch next month. Beautiful handsome sturdy thing.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Marfa-to-Maine truck. Naskeag Harbor, Brooklin ME

Not many boats in the harbor yet. Cold and rough on the gear for lobstering. Many lobstermen don't set out gear until June.

 Portrait by my son.

The Marfa-to-Maine truck.
Bought new at Casner Motors, Marfa 1975.  Maybe that's where it acquired the Chevrolet tailgate, even though it's a GMC Sierra Grande 15.
 I bought it from Bee Pierce in 2010.
Back to Naskeag.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

1950 Mercury Lead Sled

from Colin Washburn:
"Man, I love these Mercs. Probably because my buddy Travis Hart had one in high school. His looked nothing like this one. The candy-apple red beauty was in a gas station in Ely, Nevada. It had Washington plates. A long road trip in a low-rider."--CRW
See also: a very clean Texas Merc. And John Lennox's first car.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Easterly: a 12-meter

She was a contendah during the 12-meter era of the America's Cup, 1958-87.  I think she was late Fifties. Fallen on hard times, but she's got the bones. Saw her in a back lot down at Brooklin Boatyard on a cool grey morning in April. Still hunks of snow here and there. Crocus week. Best time of year.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Basha Burwell: Santa Barbara: Porsche

                                                                                                                         Basha Burwell photograph