Scott McLemee, former member of the Charles Portis Appreciation Society, wrote eloquently about the author’s comic novels in November, 2000. Among other things, McLemee contends that
Portis shows a rare sensitivity to loners and eccentrics. He possesses much of Flannery O’Connor’s humor, without any of her cruelty. Even his most addle-brained crackpots aren’t really grotesque.