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Bailey Johnson
2/20 Discussion
Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:34pm
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So far, I have found the TC Boyle stories to be very interesting. Each story has served as a purpose and has an overall meaning to it. “Big Game,” for example, serves the purpose of showing what happens to a person who has too much money to handle and will not take care of that money properly.

Of the stories we have read thus far, I have liked “Big Game” and “On For the Long Haul.” I like the meaning behind both stories. In “Big Game,” Boyle is showing that while a person can kill an animal with a gun, the animal is still stronger, smarter, and better than a human. For the most part, animals have better instincts than people, in my opinion. I liked “On For The Long Haul,” because Bayard reacted out of impulse and not thought. He acted with a short-term goal in mind, but not a long-term goal. When a person reacts impulsively, they usually are not prepared for the unexpected. The story is something I could relate to, not to that extent, of course.

The stories I have disliked so far are “Modern Love” and “The Human Fly.” “Modern Love” is just a weird story. The narrator was so desperate to have sex that he lowered his standards so low that he was willing to put a body condom on. At that point, he was a little pass desperation. I find myself saying “really” throughout my reading of the story. “The Human Fly” was just a depressing story. It seemed to me that Zoltan hoped the fame would make him happier, when in fact fame had the reverse effect on him. He was so miserable and no one tried to understand why he was that way or tried to help him. Everyone wanted to profit off of him, which is sad.

The Boyle stories and discussions are different from other English classes. In my AP English classes, there was not much of a discussion unless it was a discussion being graded. The stories read during my junior year, were really not worth being discussed. A lot of people also did not bother reading the stories. Unfortunately, I was one of those people. During my senior year, the stories were better but people did not really like providing input unless they were required to. In my English 1000 class, the stories were better so more people contributed to the discussion. The one thing all of my classes have had in common, though, is that the discussions are pretty nonexistent. A few people would comment on the story, but it was not a full class discussion. I have yet to figure out why that has been the case.

  • 2/20 Discussion - Andy Bates, Thu Feb 19 6:04pm
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    • TC Boyle Stories - James Joyce, Fri Feb 20 4:57pm
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    • 2/20 Discussion - Natalie Del Gallo, Fri Feb 20 4:23pm
      The two T.C Boyle stories that have really stood out to me were, On for the Long Haul and The Human Fly. They both were in the death section, but each death was different and interesting. On for the... more
    • Discussion post 2/20 - Molly Plount, Fri Feb 20 4:17pm
      I’ve enjoyed most of the T.C. Boyle stories that we’ve read so far. I like how satirical they all have been. My favorite was “Modern Love.” I feel like Boyle’s interpretation of society’s view on... more
    • 2/20 Discussion - Devin Slingerland, Fri Feb 20 3:45pm
      So far the TC Boyle short stories have been pretty entertaining so far. Though I’m ambivalent toward most stories we’ve read, they’ve been far from boring. The most recent one “The Human Fly” was the ... more
    • 2/20 Discussion - Bailey Johnson, Fri Feb 20 3:34pm
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    • Boyle Stories Discussion - Marra Ramminger, Fri Feb 20 3:25pm
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    • 2/20 discussion - Destiny Jackson, Fri Feb 20 2:29pm
      I am not a fan of reading, so I don’t have a reaction to any of the stories in the TC Boyles book. I don’t enjoy or dislike I just read them because they were assigned. If I had to choose one that I... more
    • TC Boyle Stories - Stephanie Proctor, Fri Feb 20 2:10pm
      The TC Boyle Stories are interesting and captivating, well some of them at least. My favorite one is On for the Long Haul and my least favorite is Big Game. I like the TC Boyle Stories because they... more
    • T.C. Boyle stories - Linda Hargis-Rodriguez, Fri Feb 20 2:03pm
      Compared to other books that we could be reading for English, the T.C. Boyle stories are not that bad. There are some that are better than others but for the most part it can be somewhat enjoyable to ... more
    • Online Discussion 2/20 - Tamar Turner, Fri Feb 20 1:58pm
      So far the TC Boyle stories have been quite amusing and unique to me. TC Boyle is a compelling writing who uses his skills to not only tell a story but convey a message as well. I can definitely say... more
    • 2/20 Discussion - Kim Conway, Fri Feb 20 1:48pm
      So far I have liked a majority of the stories we read. I really enjoyed reading “On For the Long Haul” and “Big Game” because they were both so ironic, and even though they were predictable it was... more
    • 2/20 Discussion - Grant Bronson, Fri Feb 20 1:31pm
      After reading several of the TC Boyle short stories, I would have to say that my favorite story so far has been “On for the Long Haul”. This story like many others that we have read, illuminates the... more
    • TC Boyle Stories - Araselie Chavez , Fri Feb 20 1:28pm
      The TC Boyle Stories are exclusive and curious. The different sections in the book are all interesting in their own way. Although many of them vary, they all share similarities in some type of way.... more
    • 2/20 Discussion - Ethan Diffenbaugh, Fri Feb 20 12:31pm
      So far my reactions to the T.C. Boyle stories have been pretty indifferent. There are times that I will be reading the stories and they’ll really hook me in to want to read more and try to figure out ... more
    • Discussion board #4 - Shane Donovan, Fri Feb 20 11:20am
      TC Boyle is a very creative writer. It was not until recently in class that I learned how he names his characters. The way he does it, is naming them based on how they are as a person in story and... more
    • 2/20 Discussion - Gabrielle LoCicero, Fri Feb 20 11:11am
      The TC Boyle Stories we have read so far in class are very unique and not like any stories I have read before. Every story has its own weird story line that keeps me entertained. The stories in the... more
    • TC Boyle Stories - Erica Bonner, Fri Feb 20 9:02am
      Reading the TC Boyle Stories are actually entertaining. They are so different form storied I’ve read in previous English classes. His reading are like suspense stories. You just can’t read some of... more
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