T.C. Boyle's round-up of short stories, Stories II (Viking), demonstrates the breadth of his prolific years as a story-teller. Boyle does not consider himself a man of letters; it is his interest in the "human" that drives him to write, and writing, for him, is an act of discovery. His stories address our conflicting animal and intellectual selves left to grapple with the chaos of the universe. Now in his 60's (and sporting the same brightly-colored sports-coats of his youth) he is turning towards the uncertainties of age and our planet's destiny.