THE BLACK AND WHITE SISTERS
First published in Playboy
47:9 (September 2000): 82+.
Posted by sorehand on August
My name's NOT Vincent, ok?
It's L-A-R-R-Y. Well, actually, it's Mike. But that's beside
the point. We're here to discuss the fiction short by T.C. Boyle
appearing in this September's issue of Playboy, aren't we? Haven't
read it yet? Do it now! Oh no, not a critique! Never, I am simply
A Boyle Allegory? Hmmmmm...This
story is a comic film noir that is guaranteed to horrify every
gardener. Pastels gasp for air in this chessboard landscape.
Romance, love, and emotion are all kept in check by the fear
of losing control over one's environment. These dangerous colors
of our nature threaten the foundation of the Black and White
Sisters covenant of simplification. Larry, our protagonist, is
a knight in shining green St. Patrick's Day jacket/armour. He
is the forbidden fruit in a modern garden of eden: a garden devoid
of God, replaced by ultra-conservative-control-freak-women who
seem to like Guiness. His disruptive presence has no earth-shaking,
God-fearing effects. He simply scratches the surface, and is
Ok, so what, right? So why
do we like Boyle? I like his stuff for the IMAGERY, the absurd
juxatapositions, the quixotic nature of the narrative, and the
humor of great satire. But, more importantly, why do YOU like
Boyle? Tell us all, we want to know, man. Really...
Posted by TCB on August
In Reply to: Milk and Cookies
Anyone?(The Black and White Sisters) posted by sorehand on August
Dear Sorehand/Mic and Cher
Jef: Again you folks anticipate me. I didn't know the story was
out yet, but am delighted to hear your interpretations.
Very inspired, Mic. TCB.
--Sandye Utley, Cincinnati,
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