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Richard Larson
New York, NY
I am a fiction writer and MFA student at NYU.
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I don’t have a distinct memory now of the first time I cruised or the first man I met, but I do remember the first time I understood what cruising was. I was at Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at richard scott larson
Over at OTHERPPL, Brad Listi interviewed Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life (probably my favorite book of last year). And the interview is amazing. You must go listen right now. Go! Go! About halfway through, Yanagihara says this amazing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at richard scott larson
Very excited to share the news that my short story "Envious Moons," originally published last year in Joyland, will be reprinted in Wilde Stories 2016: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction, an annual volume published by Lethe Press. This means... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at richard scott larson
I reviewed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for Slant Magazine (so you don't have to). Here's a snippet: Burr Steers's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies imagines a world in which the mannered romance of Jane Austen's oeuvre, specifically that of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at richard scott larson
As usual, I contributed to the Strange Horizons year in review feature. Here's what I wrote: I can't stop talking about The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta's TV series about families who lost loved ones during a sudden mass... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at richard scott larson
My pleasure! It's a beautiful story.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2015 on Queers Destroy Fantasy! at richard scott larson
I'm happy to announce that I'm now reviewing literary fiction for Publisher's Weekly! Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at richard scott larson
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Breaking my recent silence here at the blog to announce that "Queers Destroy Fantasy!" -- the special issue of Lightspeed Magazine edited by Christopher Barzak, for which I served as an Assistant Editor -- is now available in multiple formats.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at richard scott larson
I reviewed season two of The Leftovers for Slant Magazine. A snippet: In the season's stunning opening sequence, a pregnant woman wakes in a cave, entangled with the other sleeping members of her tribe in what must be read as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2015 at richard scott larson
I reviewed Roland Emmerich's Stonewall over at Slant Magazine. Here's the opening: Audiences coming to Roland Emmerich's Stonewall expecting a bombastic, ostentatious reenactment of the several nights of riotous protests that pitted members of the LGBT community against police officers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at richard scott larson
... at BOMB: The lesson—one lesson—to take from this radical economy is that endings rarely come from the outside, in the form of additions to or augmentations of a given story’s parameters, plot, or cast. More typically, an ending results... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at richard scott larson
@LitHub: That’s one of the few things I learned from writing this novel. It’s not appropriate to ask yourself why you’re doing something until very, very far down the road. And there are other good reasons to do something, like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at richard scott larson
I've long felt that the rhythm of a literary short story is recognizable almost as an intuitive structure, one that the genre probably created before it perpetuated. I just stumbled upon this old post by Edan Lepucki at The Millions... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at richard scott larson
Joyce Carol Oates in the NYRB: Without the stillness, thoughtfulness, and depths of art, and without the ceaseless moral rigors of art, we would have no shared culture—no collective memory. As if memory were destroyed in the human brain, our... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at richard scott larson
Joanna Scott in The Nation: Think back on our country’s rich literary traditions in fiction: from Hawthorne to Melville, through Poe to James, Stein, ­Ellison, and Faulkner, just to cite a few. Their books make use of circularity, fragmentation, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at richard scott larson
Enough about me. Here's some good stuff I've been reading elsewhere: Saeed Jones on Toni Morrison's new novel: By the end of the novel, I began to wonder if Morrison herself — America's storyteller, literature's matriarch — is a kind... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at richard scott larson
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The conclusion to my short story, "The Seismologist," has now been published over at failbetter. I'm incredibly fond of this very personal story and I'm so pleased to see it appear at such a great venue. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at richard scott larson
My new (and very short) story, "Secret Identity," was published today at Hobart. Here's the first paragraph: I was staying with Nicole during the semester of the break-ins because my assigned roommate in the dorms, a business major who everyone... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at richard scott larson
My new short story, "The Seismologist," which my MFA classmates will maybe remember from our workshop last January with Colson Whitehead, has been published over at failbetter (or at least the first half has been published; the second half will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at richard scott larson
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... and onward now to Istanbul, then a tour down the Aegean coast of Turkey, and then finally to Paris. Having such an amazing trip. Celebrated the 4th of July with fireworks over western Athens, which I watched from the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at richard scott larson
My short story "The Seismologist," about earthquakes and family and death and monsters, will be serialized at failbetter.com next month. The first half of the story will appear on July 7th, with the conclusion appearing on July 21st. I'm very... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at richard scott larson
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I've been keeping busy since graduating with my MFA from NYU: working on a novel, finishing some short stories and starting to send them out, and also writing some poems. I've also been reading submissions for a special "Queers Destroy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at richard scott larson
Our minds are flooded with images of places we have never been, yet still know, people we have never met, yet still know and in accordance with which we, to a considerable extent, live our lives. The feeling this gives... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at richard scott larson