Friday, April 12

Special EventsHarvard Book Store Readings

T.C. Boyle

T.C. Boyle

presents

Outside Looking In:
A Novel

Pre-sale tickets (book included) on sale February 28
General entrance tickets on sale March 14 at 9am

This event includes a book signing

Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed novelist and short story writer T.C. BOYLE—author of The Harder They Come—for a discussion of his latest novel, Outside Looking In.

About Outside Looking In

In this stirring and insightful novel, T.C. Boyle takes us back to the 1960s and to the early days of a drug whose effects have reverberated widely throughout our culture: LSD.

In 1943, LSD is synthesized in Basel. Two decades later, a coterie of grad students at Harvard are gradually drawn into the inner circle of renowned psychologist and psychedelic drug enthusiast Timothy Leary. Fitzhugh Loney, a psychology Ph.D. student and his wife, Joanie, become entranced by the drug’s possibilities such that their “research” becomes less a matter of clinical trials and academic papers and instead turns into a free-wheeling exploration of mind expansion, group dynamics, and communal living. With his trademark humor and pathos, Boyle moves us through the Loneys’ initiation at one of Leary’s parties to his notorious summer seminars in Zihuatanejo until the Loneys’ eventual expulsion from Harvard and their introduction to a communal arrangement of thirty devotees—students, wives, and children—living together in a sixty-four room mansion and devoting themselves to all kinds of experimentation and questioning.

Is LSD a belief system? Does it allow you to see God? Can the Loneys’ marriage—or any marriage, for that matter—survive the chaotic and sometimes orgiastic use of psychedelic drugs? Wry, witty, and wise, Outside Looking In is an ideal subject for this American master, and highlights Boyle’s acrobatic prose, detailed plots, and big ideas. It’s an utterly engaging and occasionally trippy look at the nature of reality, identity, and consciousness, as well as our seemingly infinite capacities for creativity, re-invention, and self-discovery.

Praise

“Spellbinding . . . Boyle’s latest work of countercultural, biographical fiction will lure his devotees and the newly curious alike.” —Booklist


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T.C. Boyle

T.C. Boyle is an American novelist and short story writer. Since the mid-1970s, he has published sixteen novels (Outside Looking In will be his seventeenth from Ecco in April 2019) and more than one hundred short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988, for his third novel, World’s End, and the Prix Médicis étranger (France) for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995. In 2014 he won the Rea Award for the Short Story, and the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times. He is a Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Southern California and lives in Santa Barbara.

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