You got something against TC Boyle in general, or did you make the mistake of reading all his stories at once? (Individually, they can be quite nice).
I haven't read all of his work, but jesus the ones I read were super writers-workshop-y and I get enough of that in writers workshops. It's just that for a dude who is supporting himself by writing, his stories seem really unpolished to me, either completely unedited or edited into a textureless neutral paste.
I don't really cling to it... I just don't care how my beard comes in lol. I shave once every two weeks since I have an abnormal stint in growing facial hair, but when I do have a little bit, people admire it anyway. It's a southern thang.
your new haircut looks better. should probably branch out from calvin klein collection tho, its at that terrible middling price point where you're paying an upcharge for a brand name and not a quality increase.