Larry Gross: Charles Bukowski, Neat

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
If Charles Bukowski had a cousin who was slightly less self-destructive, not at all a womanizer and who lurked in the deeper shadows of Bukowski, writing in the margins, it would have been Larry Gross.  

Larry Gross (1954-2015)

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Longtime CityBeat staffer and columnist Larry Gross passed away on Monday, June 15 at the age of 61.   

"Should I Die Tomorrow"

0 Comments · Monday, November 3, 2014
I think the older you get, the more you put things in proper prospective, and today, in late October, I’m thinking about my life and also the people I love who have been in it.   

The Pop In

0 Comments · Monday, June 1, 2015
Meg lives in my apartment building here in Covington, and she’s a nice, older lady who is always friendly to me, and I’m always friendly right back. Sometimes I think — actually I kind of know — she would like more from me, but thankfully I don’t see her all that often.   


0 Comments · Friday, May 1, 2015
This happened on one of those nice afternoons in April. I was leaving the Kenton County Library on Scott Boulevard in Covington, Kentucky and they were coming in.  

Paying Attention

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I wrote about getting involved with a father slapping his child in the face in a grocery store in Clifton. Many readers thought I should have minded my own business.  

Stray Cats

3 Comments · Monday, April 2, 2012
Strange sounds outside my apartment window in Covington have some along with the warmer weather. I often hear stray cats howling or even fighting early in the mornings. One recent morning in particular, they woke me up at five o’clock. It was a day I wasn’t really looking forward to.  

Rituals, Routines and Ruts

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 5, 2010
On most mornings while at the bus stop downtown to catch a Tank Bus over to Kentucky, I see this guy. Before he gets on the bus, with his hands, he makes the sign of the cross. I'm smart enough to know this is a Catholic ritual. That's all I know. One morning, I got curious about what he was doing. I asked him why he went through this ritual.  

The Allison I Knew

2 Comments · Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Weeks after this chance encounter, I'm still shaken by it. Sometimes memories of people from my past don't need to be updated with their current reality. On Race Street downtown some weeks ago, I was standing at an ATM taking $40 out of my checking account. I heard a voice I vaguely recognized.  

Look Back, Then Forward

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I always look forward to Larry Gross' Living Out Loud columns. Like a lot of them lately, "Mandolin Rain" (issue of Feb. 25) was a moving story. I can't help but notice that in many of Gross' columns he's looking back at his life in trying to move forward.