Portable Charles Portis

Collection gathers rare stories, play

Posted: September 30, 2012 at 3:05 a.m.

Rod Lorenzen (left) and Jay Jennings, publisher and editor of the new Charles Portis book Escape Velocity, re-create a moment from the book’s history. Jennings met Portis just about here at the Town Pump in Little Rock almost 30 years ago. Jennings has been collecting all he could find of Portis’ newspaper and magazine stories ever since — the makings of the new book, “a Charles Portis miscellany.”

“A lot of people leave Arkansas and most of them come back sooner or later. They can’t quite achieve escape velocity.” — Charles Portis, The Dog of the South.

Charles Portis

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