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T. Coraghessan Boyle's 'Greasy Lake' is a postmodern short story in its avoidance of revelation. Traditional short stories tended to include a moment of epiphany, in which a character realizes something about their relationship to the world. Postmodern stories offer no such realizations. Boyle's tale uses many of the devices found in the traditional stories, but his narrator never draws any conclusions or has any insights to life. As such, Boyle's tale is a parody of the traditional moment of realization.
An interview with the writer T. Coraghessan Boyle. Boyle discusses such issues as when he first started to write, his relationship with his father, whether his view of the world is as bleak as that of his characters, his novels The Tortilla Curtain and World's End, what he does when he is not writing, and some of his favorite contemporary authors.
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