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

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Perhaps the Palate is having an effect. You think?

Our correspondent Jim in Pittsburgh writes to say:
Your favorite T. Coraghessan Boyle was featured on my favorite radio show Studio 360. (Click here to download the audio interview.)

He seems to be developing a bit of schizophrenic nomenclature since he is simultaneously referred to as both T. Coraghessan Boyle and TC Boyle in the same web blurb. Perhaps the Palate is having an effect.

I have probably mentioned Studio 360 to you before, hosted by Kurt Anderson, former publisher of SPY MAGAZINE (the original kings of print snark). It is well worth the weekly hour to listen on line if it is not available in you neck of the woods.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Why restore Coraghessan? Because it's his brand, dammit!

In a time when businesses just drool over having their advertising agency come up with the perfect brand identity for a product -- not to mention the millions of bucks they spend to pay for it -- along comes a boyo with Gaelic roots and the inspiration to give himself what would, in decades hence, become a most perfect brand for a writer. How many amongst us were first drawn into reading one of his books by scanning down the shelf on a bookstore and suddenly stopping at that most unfamiliar, but vaguely melodious name: Coraghessan!

It must be confusing, especially for new readers, to encounter Coraghessan on some books and the plainly generic and ordinary "T.C." on others. But what really bugs us the most is that the new 25th anniversary edition of what is arguably our favorite T. Coraghessan Boyle novel, Water Music, has been re-branded as T.C. Boyle! Can the rest of his backlist be far behind??

Friday, August 25, 2006

Infanticidi by T. Coraghessan Boyle

We can't be certain, but this book, with a cover illustration that simply must be someone's idea of The Black and White Sisters, appears to be Einaudi's Italian version of TCB's After the Plague and Other Stories under a different title, referring to his story Killing Babies. Does anybody out there know for sure?

[NOTE: Confirmed today by TCB.]

Thursday, August 24, 2006

"Trust, But Verify": Russia Loves Coraghessan, Too!

If you had the deciphering skills of our campaign's intelligence analysts, you would be able to see that the Russian publishing world prefers Coraghessan as well, as evidenced by this cover for East Is East!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

And Italia Joins In!

Can you just imagine our excitement when we accidentally discovered that TCB's publisher in Italy, Einaudi, continues the tradition of using T. Coraghessan Boyle on his Italian book jackets? Just look right here to see the cover for Doctor Sex or as American audiences know it, The Inner Circle!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A Day in the Life, Part 2: In Which Beth Meets a Hero

Remember our comrade Beth, she of A Cup of Coffey fame? Well, last month she successfully made it to "The Dump" (where Margaret Mitchell wrote that little genre novel Gone with the Wind) and where T. Coraghessan Boyle was scheduled to make one of his rare as snow in summer Atlanta appearances and posted the most thorough account of his Q & A that we have ever seen anywhere in all of our years of monitoring these things. And she does it all in such a charming manner. Just dig the picture of her autographed book page. Go, Beth! A brief excerpt to tease you with:
I saw T. Coraghessan Boyle last night. Heard him. Touched him. I didn’t go all five senses on him, though, (barely) restraining myself from sniffing or licking him.

T. Coraghessan was darling. Brilliant. Much more personable and charming (and taller) than I imagined. He started out talking about writing and his background and his process. He read the first chapter of Talk Talk (and did a great job reading it; not every writer can read his words well), then answered questions (keep reading for the answers to many of those questions).

Monday, August 21, 2006

Unpronounceable Middle Name Man

From the Doctor Fun series of cartoons by David Farley. Doctor Fun, R.I.P. 1993-2006.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

What do you think of this name change thing (no more Coraghessan)?

There's an interesting back and forth about the demise of the much loved Coraghessan) moniker on this messageboard at Murray State (Kentucky) University. And whom might we know at Murray State? Might it be...Satan? But, nooooo! It's -- well, you know. Huey Newton.
Huey Newton, 5/9/2001: Great to find another Boyle fan!
What do you think of this name change thing (no more Coraghessan)? Doesn't that SUCK? I mean here this guy has this GREAT moniker all these years (would I ever have read that first story by someone named 'T.C.'? I think not.) and these idiot publishers want to change it. And why? Because of some hazily defined "graphic sense". Go figure!

Gargarney, 5/10/2001: If it's sales they're after, they should just go ahead and change TCB's name to Tiger Woods or Britney Spears.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

" my world, he’s still T. Coraghessan Boyle."

Beth of the blog A Cup of Coffey, recently posted an entry titled Mark, T.C., and Me in which she was all giddy about finally having a chance to meet TCB at a reception and reading in Atlanta. But from her posting, it is clear that she, too, is yet another reader who yearns to have the Coraghessan restored to his name!
I know he goes by T.C. these days, and I know it’s not his birth name, but I love saying "Coraghessan." I’ve often fantasized about being his girlfriend, just so I could coo "Coraghessan" in his ear. So, in my world, he’s still T. Coraghessan Boyle.

[Growwwwl. Go get 'em girl!] And you -- get a load of all those banana references!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Little Red Hen (not her real name) confesses!

The Heroes and Villains column of features this confession by Little Red Hen:
Three books by T Coraghessan Boyle sat on my bookshelves for a year or more without being touched.

I’d been working at his UK publisher Bloomsbury, doing work experience in their marketing department, trying to get a sniff at a publishing job and getting nowhere. One afternoon, up to my knees in copies of a book about Sothebys in the Bloomsbury basement, I spotted a big pile of T Coraghessan Boyle books and helped myself to three: The Tortilla Curtain, World’s End and East is East. It was a real magpie decision. I thought the guy had a cool name, thought I’d probably like his books, thought I’d check them out when my work experience was up in 14 days.

...Discovering a new author like this, it's like embarking on a love affair (you melt in a sizzle of anticipation like a pat of hot butter in a frying pan).

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Separated at Birth?

With apologies to the late and lamented Spy magazine, my, oh, my, whatever do we have here?

The Book of Joe, a blog by the self-styled 'World's most popular blogging anesthesiologist' (and we just adore self-styled personalities now, don't we?) has a new entry titled MorphWorld: Terry Goodkind into T. Coraghessan Boyle. It contains a rather eerie publicity shot of author Terry Goodkind, whose genre fantasy novel Phanton entered the NY Times Hardcover Fiction list at Number 1 last week, doing his very best Coraghessan-like pose. If only he could write like our fella. But then again, that requires more than just a Glamour Shot!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Rare Coraghessan autograph!

If the hype here is to be believed, there is a first edition of Water Music for sale for $550 from the Between the Covers Rare Books with a very special inscription. As stated on the website: Inscribed by the author to his brother-in-law: "Hank: with love, T. Coraghessan Boyle." A nice association copy of the author's second book and first novel.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

So our first comment is by the one and only George Gleg, our intrepid correspondent from Greece, who goes by the nom de plume of a character in our much beloved T. Coraghessan Boyle book, Water Music. (We are sworn to secrecy not to reveal his true identity! And we keep our word, as you may find out.)

Monday, August 14, 2006

Why Coraghessan? Because, well, it just sounds ever so much nicer with "Python" now, doesn't it?

Ah, just listen to the sound of "Monty Python Presents T. Coraghessan Boyle's Water Music". Just rolls right off the tongue now, doesn't it? You just know there's a wild and raucous yarn there, waiting to be spun, and the Pythons are nothing if not the spinmeisters of the Western universe!

After many false starts, if's new item today can be believed, Terry Gilliam soon will helm the long-awaited production of T. Coraghessan Boyle's glorious debut novel, and only a mere twenty-five years after its first publication.

Full of sweeping 18th century locations, from London with its bathtub gin to the heart of Africa and its fierce warrior tribesmen, Water Music follows the journey of real-life explorer Mungo Park as he travels at the behest of the Royal Geographic Society from the highlands of Scotland to deepest Africa, in search of the source of the Niger River. Assisted by his faithful companion, the Shakespeare-spouting American freed-slave Johnson, Mungo endures trial after trial, joining forces with the English thief and whoremaster, Ned Rise, along the way. And few who have read this word-frothy tale can ever forget Mungo's memorable encounter with the voluptuous Fatima!

Monty Python's Michael Palin will make his first return to the screen in ten years in this long-awaited production. As Terry Gilliam puts it: "It's not as comic as a comedy, it's funny yet it's also very bleak and strange. It's basically an adventure story, how a guy is reduced to behaving as an animal to survive."

Water Music is now available in a special 25th anniversary edition from Penguin Books.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

More about changing his name to Coraghessan

From In conversation by Daniel Asa Rose, Washington Post, July 16, 2006

DAR: Speaking of identity, can you tell me something about why you changed your middle name, when you were 17, from John to Coraghessan?

TCB : Well, here too, I needed to establish that identity for myself. "Thomas John Boyle" was just too ordinary, like "Joseph David Smith." I hadn't begun to write yet, but I had all sorts of pretensions about being something or other, and I thought a nice fancy name would help. Coraghessan is a family name on my mother's side. Irish.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Cold Comfort?

Forgive me this aside, but as Tom's mother's people were named Post, would it be too much to wonder if somehow, in a more perfect world, we could dream of them somehow being distant relations of Robert Post's child of "Cold Comfort Farm"?

Friday, August 11, 2006

In search of envoys...

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Remember, many are called, but few are chosen! We need you and now.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

And in the beginning, there was Thomas John Boyle...

And then, legend goes, when he turned 17 he changed his name to the more mystifying "Coraghessan". But, no, on the seventh day, he did not rest. He wrote, instead, stopping only at 2 pm to grab a sandwich and shoot some hoops.

As the man himself says of his moniker, "It's Cor-AG-hessan, accent on second syllable. As you may know, this is an old Gaelic term meaning 'Take two and call me in the morning.'

"My mother's maiden name is Post, but her mother was a McDonald. Somewhere on the Irish side of her family originates the name Coraghessan, which may be bastardized (as indeed I myself am). My father, incidentally, was a Boyle, but his father, Dublin born, may have changed his name to Boyle from God only knows what.

"In England my publisher thought 'Coraghessan' was so aggressively Irish that their constituency would be put off. My friends call me 'Tom'." (4/20/88)