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John Byrne
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Posted: 18 February 2020 at 5:22am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

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Grim to learn he was a victim of Alzheimers.

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Michael Penn
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Posted: 18 February 2020 at 6:27am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Sad to hear about his ending. Mr. Portis created one of my
absolute favorite stories. The book is excellent, and the
John Wayne version just about the most perfect movie
adaptation that could be. I've watched that film over and
over and over, never tiring of it, always finding something
new in the characters, the story, even its philosophical
depth.


[Little note to this obit: the author of it himself died in 2017. A reminder how the press has "death" at the ready to report.]
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When I read the book, I was amazed to discover how faithful the John Wayne movie was. Scenes and dialog taken whole. It stops a little short of the actual end of the story, but that really doesn't do a lot of harm. The tone of the film really needed a more ebullient final scene than Portis' decidedly sad coda.
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Agree with you 100%, JB.

I hope that the pics I've seen of Portis on the set show
that the movie had his blessing.

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Brian Hague
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Posted: 19 February 2020 at 3:13pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Charles Portis's work is definitely worth the time and trouble to track down. I read his short story for the Atlantic Monthly, "I Don't Talk Service No More" not long ago and found it moving. One of the greats. 

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Jozef Brandt
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I'm a huge fan of Masters of Atlantis. RIP Mr. Portis.
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