This interview is part of an ongoing LARB A.V. series from this year's LA Times Festival of Books. Go to the LARB A.V. homepage to see more interviews with Daniel Handler, Mona Simpson and Leslie Jamison, and keep checking in for upcoming interviews with Walter Kirn, Michelle Huneven, and many, many more.
"ALL NOVELISTS IN THIS COUNTRY, whether they admit it or not, wanted to be rock stars...I love to turn an audience on," says T.C. Boyle, one of the true rock stars of the literary world. Donning a black leather jacket, Ray Bans and his signature red Converse shoes, Boyle dishes out on everything from burritos to scud missiles in this extended interview with LARB's editor-in-chief Tom Lutz. Enjoy.