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Episode 26: Charles Portis, Norwood

This was the only Charles Portis novel Mike hadn’t yet read, so he figured he’d foist it upon Tom, who hadn’t read any. Will Tom like it? Or will Mike have to berate him for his questionable taste and his failure to properly understand the American South?


Discussed: Why we like novels that make us laugh. Our expectations for an episodic novel. And loners, misfits and blowhards. Also: another installment of Judge a Book By Its Cover.

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