Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Go Get The New Charles Portis Collection

I cannot in good conscience recommend that you read Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany if you've never read any of his novels, because you should absolutely start with the novels (suggestions here), but I can indeed recommend that you purchase Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany for later, because once you start reading him you are going to want to read pretty much anything you can get your hands on. The Times Magazine once referred to him as the "possessor of an original American literary voice comparable to Mark Twain’s," and while that is true is does not exactly convey just how uniquely American that voice is. Anyway, I tore through Escape Velocity and then went back and read most of the works again, because they are that compelling. Jay Jennings, who assembled the collection, has a piece today about his reporting during the Civil Rights era that should whet your appetite. Now go buy the book.

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Tulletilsynet (#333)

Tell me, my friend, how is bread made?

growler (#476)

Oh, thanks so much for this! I am on a Portis tear this past week. I'm just getting into The Masters of Atlantis, and last week I blazed though True Grit in a day and a half. (I also read Deliverance last week, which is an entirely different beast). But True Grit is remarkable. Like Cormac McCarthy meets Mark Twain, with a little Harper Lee thrown in. It's almost a shame the original movie ever got made, 'cause the book got overlooked and forgotten. It would and should be a well-known novel regarded as an American classic.

alorsenfants (#139)

Best tip of the week – it's only Tuesday, but No One will have a better one. Now I must mention
"The Dog of the South" — which Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen only Wished they'd written… and then, on to see friend's wish-we-were-in-Williamsburg band here in Charlottesville… Grazie.

rothordlin (#240,802)

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