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  • Charles Portis' 'True Grit' story aims for revenge, redemption and loss

    Charles Portis' 'True Grit' story aims for revenge, redemption and loss
    Sometimes you read a book at the wrong time. That was the case for me with Charles Portis' 1968 novel "True Grit" (Tusk/Overlook: 236 pp., $14.95 paper), which I first picked up in the early 1970s, after seeing the film with John Wayne. Back then, I had no idea what Portis was doing; I read the book as if it were in the vein of, say, Sid Fleischman's "By the Great Horn Spoon!," a novel for young readers about the Gold Rush. Both take place in the Old West, and both involve adolescent protagonists, but there the resemblance ends.
  • Samuel L., Luke Wilson are ‘Meeting Evil’

     
    Another Louisiana film coup, an indie-ish noir thriller titled “Meeting Evil,” which has landed Samuel L. Jackson, Leslie Bibb and Luke Wilson as its stars. Jackson is so booked up with franchises (He's Nick Fury in the Marvel comic book...

    Book Review: 'The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn' by Nathaniel Philbrick

    Book Review: 'The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn' by Nathaniel Philbrick
    Massachusetts-based author sifts through history for a closer look at the massacre of U.S. Army troops with Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Bighorn The Last Stand Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn Nathaniel...