Friday, December 10th, 2010
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Charles Portis Sort Of Profiled

A couple of weeks ago, for some reason, I was trying to put together a list of American writers from whom I have been awaiting new novels for at least five years or more. I only got as far as three names (Kirsten Bakis, Bob Shacochis and Harry Crews, if you're scoring at home) but had I actually followed through the author at the top of the list would, of course, be Charles Portis. Every one of his books has been a joy, and the fact that there have only been five of them seems like we're being cheated or denied somehow. This week's Times Magazine has an all too brief piece about him, but it is absolutely correct when it notes that he is the "possessor of an original American literary voice comparable to Mark Twain’s." If you've never read him, True Grit or Dog of the South are the best places to start, but be warned, you will wind up reading everything.

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Rollo (#3,202)

And please read True Grit before seeing the movie. It's ridiculously good.

This is how I feel about Joy Williams.

jaimealyse (#647)

Anyone else still waiting for the next book from Jean Auel? Cause 15-year-old me is very anxious!

Bruce Duffy has a novel about Rimbaud coming out next year, apparently.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Tell me, my friend, how is bread made?

Grant G Brown (#3,366)

Almost 20 yrs ago I read two novels by an author named Kristin McCloy, and I loved them both. And that was all she wrote. I still check the between McClane and McClune when I'm at the bookstore.

How can a writer actually stop writing? This doesn't compute.

HereKitty (#2,713)

Josephine Humphreys!

Tulletilsynet (#333)

And wine?

JHenryWaugh (#212)

A number of my favorites made their way of the 5+ year wait list in the last year. Chris Offutt and Scott Phillips. did not.

purefog (#999)

Claire Messud!

buzzorhowl (#992)

Well damn. I just thought Portis was dead, and that was why he hadn't written anything else.

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