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Living Out Loud: : The Out-of-Towner

Sunday downtown

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Seeing Lucille again was going to be fun. She was a friend of my twin brother's, and we became friends after his death 12 years ago. Like my brother did, she lives in Seattle. Through the years, we  

Living Out Loud: : Dying Alone

Mr. Gillis and his son

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 10, 2007
When we found Mr. Gillis, he'd been dead for several days. In his bed, he had the sheets pulled up over his head like he knew he was going to die. This happened the week before Christmas. The compa  

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