Thomas Larson

Thomas Larson
Journalist, critic, and memoirist, Thomas Larson is the author of three books: The Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of Heart Disease, The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings", and The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative. He has been a staff writer for the San Diego Reader since 1999. He teaches in the MFA Program at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio, where he also is the Book Reviews editor for River Teeth. He lectures on the craft of nonfiction writing, the memoir, music subjects, and his heart disease, and he facilitates writing workshops as well. His website is thomaslarson.com.

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Noisy Margaret Noble seeks friend not foe

Sound to give back silence

Every scene in a drama, according to the late director Mike Nichols, is either a fight, a seduction, or a negotiation. He added, as a footnote, the same is true in life. The thrill, or ...

The photo is not the boss of Kim Reasor

A sinister blame creeps in

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Between words and images

Skewering politics is a hi-def pleasure

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I don’t know why I’m a musician, because I don’t really care about music

Joe Garrison is a musical survivalist. The 64-year-old jazz and new music composer has shaped his artistic life to favor more beginnings than ends. Like his hero, Igor Stravinsky, he’s learned that to reinvent himself ...

Child no more

Before turning 16, Sherry Sotelo won the right to adulthood in juvenile court.

Emancipation is designed to support kids, not to relieve parents.

San Diego for sale

Ocular onslaught

Dr. Ken Anderson, the affable owner of Pacific Beach’s Anderson Medical Clinic, has his hands folded, fingers interlaced, on his desk. He’s remembering the date, September 26, 2010. That day, the temperature over 100 degrees ...

Printers that can make (almost) anything

Nutella chocolates, no problem; a functioning liver, not so easy.

I have always thought that among humankind’s most lofty inventions is the printer — the machine, not the person.

The Big Dry

The grass is not always greener.

How dry is it? Dry, dry, dry, dry, dry.

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