T.C. Boyle on writing about gaming addiction

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T.C. Boyle’s short stories regularly appear in magazines such as The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly and Playboy, as well as on the radio show, Selected Shorts. Photo courtesy of the author.

What if you could go back in time and relive any moment from your past? That's the basis of the title story in a collection by one of Santa Barbara’s best known living authors, T.C. Boyle.

Boyle has published sixteen novels throughout his career, but he says writing short stories allows him to tap into the most current trends in our culture.

The Relive Box is about our obsession with gaming and how deeply we can get lost in the alternative worlds. In the story, Boyle invents a game, which allows the characters to see any scene from their past in 3D.

“How great would it be in our own lives to overhear a conversation we had that was important to us at some time,” he says of the story’s premise and how the characters quickly fall into addictively reliving their lives through the gaming box.

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Guest:
T.C. Boyle - author - @tcboyle

Host:
Jonathan Bastian

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Carolina Starin