May 1, 2020KR Podcast

KR Podcast with T. C. Boyle

KR’s Editor David Lynn sits down with T. C. Boyle, recipient of the 2019 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and talks about inhabiting questions through fictional characters, testing the limits of form, and creating art for art’s sake.

T. C. Boyle is the author of twenty-eight books of fiction, including, most recently, The Relive Box (2017) and Outside Looking In (2019). He received a PhD degree in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977, his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1974, and his B.A. in English and History from SUNY Potsdam in 1968. He has been a member of the English Department at the University of Southern California since 1978, where he is Distinguished Professor of English. His stories have appeared in most of the major American magazines, including the New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, Paris Review, GQ, Antaeus, Granta, and McSweeney’s, and he has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Prize for best novel of the year (World’s End, 1988); the PEN/Malamud Prize in the short story (T.C. Boyle Stories, 1999); and the Prix Médicis Étranger for best foreign novel in France (The Tortilla Curtain, 1997). He currently lives near Santa Barbara with his wife and three children.

David H. Lynn is the editor of the Kenyon Review.

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