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cnabokov
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19. Feb 2004 at 11:32
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Just finished Michael Chabon's A_Model_World. Great collection of short fiction, and his novels are obviously worthwhile (Pulitzer, etc. etc. for the likes of us). In the title story, Bertram's Acres of Books figures largely. In another, "Smoke," the main character drives a "tiny Metropolitan" with a "minute rear bench." Maybe he's a closet Blaylock fan? I think Chabon is tremendous.

I also recommend his short fiction collection, Werewolves_In Their_Youth, especially the title story.

And, finally, here's a great site for anyone who would love to own a Metropolitan, even though it's a car no grown man would drive. Take the virtual tour:

http://www.microcarmuseum.com/

Cheers!
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Reply #1 - 19. Feb 2004 at 15:58
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Thanks for the Blaylock references! It’s always fun to read about new sightings, and I try to keep my eyes open for them as often as possible.  

Regarding the Metropolitan, a few years ago I would have agreed with your statement that any sane adult wouldn’t be caught driving (or even sitting in) such an absurd little vehicle.

(direct link to a Metropolitan page here) http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Garage/7896/metropol.htm

However, my parents purchased a new home a few years ago, and found a mint condition Amphicar carefully tucked away in a cluttered corner of the garage.  

(Amphicar page here)
http://www.team.net/www/ktud/amphicar.html

It’s difficult to describe what it’s like to actually sit in a “microcar.”  It’s strangely compelling, and there’s a certain charm that the little Amphicar possesses that seems to (for me anyway) override the discomforting thought of being mistaken for a circus clown while climbing out of the vehicle at the grocery store.  I never got the chance to actually take the car into water, but I think it would be an absolutely perfect Blaylockian Moment to be able to pull up to a beach or park from the water in one of these little oddities, acting as though it was the most natural thing in the world.  Someday, perhaps…

Jeff
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Reply #2 - 21. Feb 2004 at 07:42
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[quote author=Jeff M.  link=1077186777/0#1 date=1077217125]...a few years ago I would have agreed with your statement that any sane adult wouldn’t be caught driving (or even sitting in) such an absurd little vehicle.
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Hi Jeff,

Hey, don't blame me--I was paraphrasing Rose from LC: "...and his odd car, which, she'd once said when she was angry, no grown man had any business driving." [Ace pb ed., p. 73]

Thanks so much for the other microcar links, esp.  the Amphicar . You should bring it in to the Antiques Roadshow sometime, a show that never fails to remind me of his writing somehow.
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