“Auto Antenna” is a novella about art, personhood, and a kind of Insider’s Guide to Santa Fe, all as a backdrop to an unusually alluring and free-spirited woman approaching her sixth decade. She is a mysterious new transplant to Santa Fe, who it turns out, may not be from this world at all. She drives a turquoise 1959 Ford Galaxie on various illuminating adventures.
There are four main characters: Cybilline, her car, the car radio, and Santa Fe. She drives to Tent Rocks, Ojo Caliente, CCA, and the Salt Cave. She dines at Andiamo, Coyote Cafe, and makes a pitstop for Clafoutis’ beignets, in a book spanning the unusual mix of categories that is metaphysics, travel, psychology/self-help, and art/style.
Written in a dime-store pulp fiction memoir fashion, Cybilline’s journeys are not plot-driven as much as a series of ideas and psychological insights into the human condition and becoming a person, guided by the energy in the sequences of things, and by location.
As a therapist for artists, her engagements offer great insight and hilarity into issues of self-construction, process, and success. No stranger to imagination herself, she has sequences where she becomes a pinball machine, has blue skin, wears red knee-high boots and white leather aviator helmet in a DNA Psyche Converter, and mysteriously keeps becoming a jar of fireflies at night, but of course, we don’t know if that’s happening or is a matter of poetic fancy.
Readers are left to wonder whether Cybilline is visiting this world from afar or is just this super amazing Earth chick. The answer may depend on the mind of the reader.
You can also follow the main character Cybilline on Instagram for her further adventures
Stavo Mustang Craft is the Captain of the DIY Art Pop music project,
works as a member of the Executive Office at the Santa Fe art collective,
and is a human potential advocate.