RESTORE CORAGHESSAN CAMPAIGN

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Monday, October 09, 2006

ANOTHER VIEW OF THE NEW YORKER READING

From Critical Mass, the blog of the national book critics circle board of directors, comes Heller McAlpin's response to "What has been Your Favorite Reading?"
I had the good fortune to hear T. C[oraghessan] Boyle perform Friday night as part of The New Yorker Festival of Books. Boyle himself called it a performance, preferring that to the staid connotations of the classic literary reading. Boyle was generous and engaging not just to the audience, but to a jet-lagged Andrea Lee, just in from Torino, who shared the stage with him and read from her latest novel, "Lost Hearts in Italy." With his dual-toned frizz mop and red and black leather hi-tops, he put on a show few writers could hope to match. He delighted the audience instantly with an introductory riff on California road rage, and then launched into an animated reading of his ripped-from-the- headlines story, "La Conchita." During an unusually lively Q& A, one audience member asked whether he was an actor. Turns out -- no surprise -- he's one of the few writers who really enjoy reading to an audience -- even when people ask him political questions, or what's his point. "This is my point," he said, brandishing an imaginary book. "The book. What matters is the book."

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