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by T. Coraghessan Boyle

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In Boyle's "Greasy Lake," do you think the boys found what they were looking for on the third night? What were they looking for?

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The young men were looking for excitement and a way to demonstrate their masculine ability to be "bad." Essentially, they were bored with their safe and effectively "boring" middle-class lifestyles; as fashionable young men, they defined the idea of being "bad" as the epitome of being relevant, empowered, and macho at the same time.

So, the young men looked for excitement and danger the first two nights; however they found the "rich scent of possibility" positively elusive. To the young men, being "bad" meant being able to smoke pot, drink beer, sniff glue/ether/cocaine, watch a girl skinny-dip without her knowledge, and "manage a Ford...

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