Of Mattie Ross and Norwood Pratt

Sergeant Charles Portis was a United States Marine who served in Korea during the shooting war there. He came home to college and went on to a career as a journalist, including a stint at the New York Herald Tribune at about the same time guys like Jimmy Breslin, William Zinsser, and Red Smith were there.

Portis wrote a couple books, too. One of them was twice made into movies, first in 1969 and then again in 2012. Maybe you remember, True Grit. His other major novel, Norwood, is the subject of a review in The Oxford American by Wint Husky. I can’t recommend the book more strongly than this: if you don’t like it, you probably need to have your sense of humor re-calibrated.