Monday, October 1, 2012

Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany

Escape Velocity is getting excellent reviews. Are you planning to pick up a copy?

The book – which collects Portis's nonfiction and short stories, as well as a memoir and a play – spans his half-century-long writing career, covering his early journalism from the 1950s when he worked for several newspapers up to more recent magazine stories published in the Atlantic and the Oxford American. Known as a master of deadpan humor, Portis has seen his best-selling book True Grit made into two award-winning films (in 1969, starring John Wayne, and in 2010, directed by the Coen brothers) and his four other novels become cult favorites. Escape Velocity will bring together almost everything that Portis has written outside the novels, both never-before-published work and hard-to-find stories that fans have known about for years and that new readers will delight in discovering.

Review from the October/November Garden & Gun magazine
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