You may know that Charles Portis, author of True Grit amongst other books has departed for the Territories Beyond. He was 86. A native of the Arkansas he wrote so well about. His career began as a Newspaperman, first in his home state and then in NYC for the old NY Herald Tribune. One day, he announced he was returning to live in a shack and write books. That he did. Elusive, private and remote, he never did an author interview. He never married except, perhaps, to Mattie Ross.