Quotes by: T. C. Boyle

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T. C. Boyle
T. C. Boyle at the Leipzig Book Fair 2009
Born Thomas John Boyle
(1948-12-02) December 2, 1948 (age 68)
Peekskill, New York United States
Pen name T.C. Boyle
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Alma mater State University of New York at Potsdam (B.A., English and History, 1968)
University of Iowa Writers' Workshop (M.F.A., 1974)
University of Iowa (Ph.D., 1977) [1][2]
Period 1975–
Genre Novels, comic novels
Website
tcboyle.com

Of course all novelists are egomaniacs and want to draw everyone to their fold just like any other preacher. The snake-oil peddler, the false prophet, all of this is fascinating to me. But I certainly hope that I'm more humane than that.
T. C. Boyle
I like to live in my own mind, regardless of everyone and everything, working out the intimate puzzles that are my stories and novels.
T. C. Boyle
I describe myself as an environmentalist not because I'm marching in the street with placards but because I like to be in the woods by myself.
T. C. Boyle
I'm enslaved to writing to the point where I sacrifice almost everything else.
T. C. Boyle
Now that we all live in a bad '70s sci-fi movie, I am made to understand the tyranny of the machines every minute of every day.
T. C. Boyle
One of the reasons I've been able to be productive is that I want to do everything.
T. C. Boyle
I read widely - for news, the arts, science, for entertainment, and the value of being informed - and, as a fiction writer, I can't help transposing what I learn into the scenario for a novel or story.
T. C. Boyle
What is your identity, and how do you know who you are if you don't have language?
T. C. Boyle
Sometimes if something is entertaining and amusing, people tend to think that it doesn't have the depth of something that's dramatic. I don't think that's true.
T. C. Boyle
I worry about everything in the world, and it's just too much for anybody to think about, so I have my art as my consolation.
T. C. Boyle
I've never really been met with indifference, where they say, 'Who cares?' I think that's what good art is supposed to do. It's not supposed to make you feel good about your own prejudices and your own values; it's supposed to open you up in some way and get you outraged or make you happy or make you sad or whatever it's going to do.
T. C. Boyle
It's true that none of my characters are admirable. But maybe I'm primarily a satirist, and a satirist needs to hold up what's not admirable.
T. C. Boyle
I am mad for nature writing. I want to get inside the head of every creature in the world, even ants.
T. C. Boyle
This is why fiction is an art, and life is not - how much more affecting is the lie than the truth.
T. C. Boyle
I'm not looking ahead joyfully to the rest of my life or the future of the human race. I've always written about man as an animal species among other animals, competing for limited resources. Our population is exploding. Our environment is dying. Science has debunked God.
T. C. Boyle
I can't fathom writers married to writers and musicians married to musicians. There's your enemy in bed beside you.
T. C. Boyle
I think that's what art is about: to provoke you. It helps me make sense of a senseless universe because I become the god of the story. I create it, and I see it in all its lineaments in my own way and can control it - in a world in which everything else is out of control.
T. C. Boyle
It's hard to say how certain stories just punch us in the heart and the brain at the same time at the end. I suppose that's what we're all looking for. But each story has its own valence, its own way of saying goodbye to you.
T. C. Boyle
I don't care if the audience is 600 Saul Bellows; I'm going to knock them dead with a comedy routine. I'm out there as a missionary for literature because, if people laugh and enjoy themselves, they might actually do something as bizarre as reading the book.
T. C. Boyle
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