Reluctant Habits

T.C. Boyle (The Bat Segundo Show)

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In this one hour interview, we talk with TC Boyle about the Channel Islands, what his legacy as an author will be, the morality of burning love letters, and his latest novel San Miguel.

The Bat Segundo Show: TC Boyle IV

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In this 45 minute radio alternative, novelist TC Boyle returns a fourth time to discuss When the Killing’s Done and offer gleefully pessimistic pronouncements about the world.

The Bat Segundo Show: T.C. Boyle III

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T.C. Boyle appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #273. T.C. Boyle is most recently the author of The Women. To listen to our previous interviews with Mr. Boyle, check out The Bat Segundo Show #70 and The Bat Segundo Show #10. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Pondering new author taxonomies. Author: T.C. Boyle Subjects Discussed: How to conquer jet lag, Ellen Key’s The Woman Movement, the individual vs. the spirit of the time, feminism and Frank Lloyd Wright, notions of education, Miriam’s presence and hypercaffeinated prose, balancing the women in The…read more

BSS #70: T.C. Boyle II

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Author: T.C. Boyle Condition of Mr. Segundo: Dubious of state lottery programs. Subjects Discussed: Multiple genders, Lawrence Durrell, on whether Talk Talk is a thriller, Anthony Burgess’ The Right to an Answer, Graham Greene, identity theft, Milton, paranoia, jail, Cassie Chadwick, biometrics, capitalist society, why Talk Talk is set in a contemporary setting, cell phones, strangers in New York, on T.C. Boyle’s site being hacked, private conversations vs. public conversations, responding to critics, manipulative movie trailers, Amazon, harsh critics, the pitfalls of tennis, the competitive nature of writing, on reaching…read more

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Next Up: The Coraghessan Pronunciation Campaign

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This blog has launched the Restore Coraghessan Campaign — “the official international movement to bring back the beguiling middle name of author T.C. Boyle to all of his dust jackets and book covers.”

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A Boyle Manifesto

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StorySouth: “But when you read Boyle’s fiction, you know the [Baby Boomer] generation for what it is: just a large number of individuals with individual stories and individual themes, all striving to live, love, and create something that will be remembered after they are gone. Thanks to the fiction of T. Coraghessan Boyle, the BB will be remembered in a much more truthful way than they could otherwise have any reason to hope for.” (via Dan Wickett)

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T.C. Boyle’s Talk Talk, Part Four

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[EDITOR'S NOTE: This post concludes our discussion of T.C. Boyle's Talk Talk. Previous discussion: Part One, Part Two and Part Three.] Dan Wickett writes: Ouch, nice shot at the age there Gwenda – The Road to Wellville in high school? I had been out of college for four years when it was published. One thing I would absolutely recommend to those who are just getting into Boyle, or have only read his novels. Buy T.C. Boyle: Stories and sit down for a long weekend of enjoyment. Where each of us…read more

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Corollary to Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold?

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T.C. Boyle: “Bury your enemies, and bury ‘em deep.” (via Powell’s Blog) Of course, if stunts like this are the result of such philosophy, then isn’t there something to be said for humility and humor?

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T.C. Boyle’s Talk Talk, Part Three

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[EDITOR'S NOTE: The table spins round and round. Where she stops, nobody knows! Today, Megan Sullivan and Gwenda Bond throw their respective hats in the ring. Previous discussion: Part One, Part Two and Part Four.] Megan writes: Ed and Dan, you’ve both obviously read a great deal of Boyle’s previous books. It’s interesting to see how you both picked up on things that never even occurred to me because I have no such experience. I am a Boyle virgin — or was for that matter. I had always thought much…read more

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T.C. Boyle’s Talk Talk, Part Two

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[EDITOR'S NOTE: Our roundtable discussion of T.C. Boyle's Talk Talk continues, with Edward Champion jumping into the fray and Dan Wickett offering further thoughts. Part One can be accessed here. Here's Part Three and Part Four] Ed writes: Talk Talk reminded me very much of Anthony Burgess’s spy thriller novel, Tremor of Intent. Like Burgess, Boyle is a literary author approaching a “lowbrow” genre with the intention of skewering it, only to learn midway through the novel that he must embrace its machinations instead of mocking them. I don’t know…read more

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T.C. Boyle’s Talk Talk, Part One

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[EDITOR'S NOTE: Here begins this week's roundtable discussion of T.C. Boyle's Talk Talk. Our first participant was none other than Dan Wickett, who offers this opening salvo. Part Two can be accessed here. Part Three is here. Part Four is here.] Talk Talk is T.Coraghessan Boyle’s 11th novel and I believe it maintains some traditional TCB aspects. There is a running theme through Boyle’s work that humans are, like all other animals, part of the food chain – both predators and prey, and Talk Talk, with the storyline of a…read more

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Oh Frabjous Day!

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Your man has his paws on a galley of T.C. Boyle’s Talk Talk, to which he offers many thanks to the parcel gods of Manhattan. A very thorough response to follow at some point.

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New T.C. Boyle Story in Harper’s

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I’ve just discovered that the new Harper’s (March 2006) has a story entitled “Question” by T.C. Boyle.

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Vollmann’s Editor Promoted

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According to Publisher’s Lunch, Paul Slovak, best known for editing RotR faves such as T.C. Boyle and William T. Vollmann, has been promoted from associate publisher to publisher over at Viking. Slovak will be responsible for “both the direction and the shape of the list and the execution of the Viking publishing program.”

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The Bat Segundo Show #10

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Author: T.C. Boyle Condition of Mr. Segundo: Terse, conserving energies for a drink. Subjects Discussed: Boyle as one of the original bloggaz, how Boyle arranges his short stories for his collections, John Cheever, how Boyle got into the New Yorker, the current state of the short story market, the future of literature, country music, historical fiction vs. contemporary fiction, the comparisons between “The Doubtfulness of Water” and Water Music, Boyle’s working methods and the “continuous first draft,” the frequency of watering holes in Boyle’s stories, community at T.C. Boyle websites,…read more

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Hiatus (Sorta)

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We’ve been working our keisters off here. Two Segundo shows in the works (one we hope to get up tonight with a very special guest), with a third one on the way. So literary news and the like are going to be slow for the time being. Bear with us. In the meantime, please enjoy: Mark Sarvas talking with John Banville, Part I. Bud Parr’s response to A.O. Scott’s NYT article comparing The Believer and n + 1. Laura Miller’s humorless response to T.C. Boyle’s excellent new short story collection,…read more

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RIP Mr. Monitor

Posted by in Blogging, Boyle, T.C., Racism, Radio, Roundup

Our monitor is at death’s door, we won’t be able to replace it for a few days, and we’re overwhelmed by the stunning response regarding the Star & Buc Wild post. Factor in the other things we’re doing, and this has resulted in an uphill battle in email responses and regular bloggin. But for now, here are some highlights from the literary world: As noted widely elsewhere (and kept under wraps with great glee here), many congratulations to Laila. Birnbaum interviews T.C. Boyle. It starts off with the question, “Do…read more

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Deaths, Revivals and Roastings

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Historian and one-time Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin has passed on. Boorstin was best known for his American trilogy and his fascinating books on human innovation. (I highly recommend The Discoverers and The Seekers.) One read a Boorstin book for the best of reasons: to ride a journey across human progress with an enthusiastic mind eager to make connections. Boorstin was an American James Burke, adept at showing the strange way in which the world was charted and everyday things were created. He’ll definitely be missed. T.C. Boyle’s enemies…read more

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