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T.C. Boyle

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T. Coraghessan Boyle (also known as T.C. Boyle, born Thomas John Boyle on December 2, 1948) is a U.S. novelist and short story writer. Since the late 1970s, he has published eleven novels and more than 60 short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988 for his third novel, World's End, which recounts 300 years in upstate New York. He is married with three children. Boyle has been a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California since 1978, when he founded the school's undergraduate creative writing program.

He grew up in the small town on the Hudson Valley that he regularly fictionalizes as Peterskill (as in widely anthologized short story Greasy Lake). Boyle changed his middle name when he was 17 and exclus

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To all you Goodreaders (we'll leave the Badreaders out of the felicitations for now). As many of you will know, I am looking forward to the publication of the twelve stories in the new collection, The Relive Box and Other Stories, this coming fall, as well as to starting the next novel. And, crucially, to a somewhat lighter travel year than last (see the current blog entry at tcboyle.com for de... Read more of this blog post »
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January 2011, T.C. Boyle
"His Favorite Books About Animals Eating People: Biologists weed out unwanted species in his new book When the Killing's Done, so Boyle turns the tables and shares his favorite stories about man-hungry carnivores." ...More

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" Well, Otto, I seem to have been writing about us as an animal species in this earthly environment from the very beginning and about climate change sin ...more "
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" Glad to hear it, Will. I go in today at noon to record "Are We Not Men?" for the New Yorker podcast. I too am sorry that Chicago is not on this tour, ...more "
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" Will try. Especially after your very kind words. I do love to perform for you and I hope the next tour will bring me back there again. "
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“I've always been a quitter. I quit the Boy Scouts, the glee club, the marching band. Gave up my paper route, turned my back on the church, stuffed the basketball team. I dropped out of college, sidestepped the army with a 4-F on the grounds of mental instability, went back to school, made a go of it, entered a Ph.D. program in nineteenth-century British literature, sat in the front row, took notes assiduously, bought a pair of horn-rims, and quit on the eve of my comprehensive exams. I got married, separated, divorced. Quit smoking, quit jogging, quit eating red meat. I quit jobs: digging graves, pumping gas, selling insurance, showing pornographic films in an art theater in Boston. When I was nineteen I made frantic love to a pinch-faced, sack-bosomed girl I'd known from high school. She got pregnant. I quit town.”
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“But then, that’s the beauty of writing stories—each one is an exploratory journey in search of a reason and a shape. And when you find that reason and that shape, there’s no feeling like it."

[Peter Wild Interviews TC Boyle, 3:AM Magazine, June 2003]”
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“Writing is a habit, an addiction, as powerful and overmastering an urge as putting a bottle to your lips or a spike in your arm. Call it the impulse to make something out of nothing, call it an obsessive-compulsive disorder, call it logorrhea. Have you been in a bookstore lately? Have you seen what these authors are doing, the mountainous piles of the flakes of themselves they're leaving behind, like the neatly labeled jars of shit, piss, and toenail clippings one of John Barth's characters bequeathed to his wife, the ultimate expression of his deepest self?”
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