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Living Out Loud: : Thank you, Miss Jake

We need more people like you

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 27, 2006
When I hear people say that Cincinnati is a friendly town, I usually roll my eyes and say, "Yeah, right." I don't think people are friendly here at all. Most people I come in contact with seem upti  

Living Out Loud: : His Bic Pen & the Future

More conversation with the award-winning novelist Richard Ford

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Back in late October, I had the pleasure of talking to Richard Ford about his new book, The Lay of the Land, which had just been released and for which he had begun a long book tour that continue  

Living Out Loud: : Tommy James

This time next week

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 6, 2006
(Excerpt from Larry Gross' work-in-progress The Hurricane Café: a Novel) My name is Tommy James. I know it's a strange name but it's what I'm stuck with. My last name can be my first; my firs  

Books: On the Road Again

Richard Ford talks about his book tour and letting go of his novel

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 29, 2006
When I catch up with Richard Ford by phone in Denver recently while promoting his new novel The Lay of the Land, I ask him if he enjoys book tours. "I always have," he says, laughing, "but I w  

Living Out Loud: : 810 Main Street

Getting to know Mr. Coy

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I'm back at 810 Main St. downtown, working some hours at Elgin Office Equipment and doing this and that just like I did 33 years ago. It doesn't feel strange coming full circle. Somehow in the back  

Living Out Loud: : Two Girls and a Guy

Another bus story

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Last week this column turned three years old. I've lost track of how many bus or bus stop stories I've written about over this period of time -- probably about 10 or so. You're about to get another  

Living Out Loud: : Write!

Writers who don't want to

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Dear LOL Writer (I'm withholding your name, because I won't want to embarrass you -- trying to do you a favor. You can thank me later): Excuse me if I seem even grumpier than usual. As you well k  

Living Out Loud: : Thoughts from a Defensive Smoker

Sub: Enjoying it while it lasts

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 11, 2006
On most Friday afternoons, you'll find my friend and me over at Madonna's on Seventh Street downtown during their cocktail hour. The service is friendly, the jukebox is solid and the drinks are reas  

Living Out Loud: : Lost in Over-the-Rhine

Finding the good with the bad

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I live in Clifton and usually take the 17 bus to Findlay Market, getting off at McMicken Avenue in Over-the-Rhine. On this particular afternoon, I stocked up on bananas, peaches, carrots, green pepp  

Living Out Loud: : Looking at the Past

The old friend

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 20, 2006
I've seen this guy walking around Clifton for maybe a month now. He's usually on the other side of the street, and I say to myself it can't possibly be him. Surely he's drunk himself to death by no