Larry Gross

Larry Gross

Larry Gross is a freelance writer.

After 30 years of being an accountant, in October 1997, Gross decided to change his career path and pursue a lifelong ambition of being a professional writer. Within only a few weeks, he sold an essay to the GLBT News, a monthly newspaper in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Thereafter, other publications started picking up his stories including CityBeat, an award winning alternative newsweekly in Cincinnati. In the spring of 1999, he became one of their regular contributing writers.

In the fall of 2003, Gross became a columnist. He writes and/or edits CityBeat’s “Living Out Loud” column. From 2008 through 2010, he was also a regular contributor to Streetvibes – a newspaper published twice a month by the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless. Beginning in April of 2011, Gross also became a regular contributor to Article 25, a new alternative newspaper in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

In September of 2008, the Society of Professional Journalists recognized his work for “The Pretenders” – a cover story on the musical group, The Ohio Express which appeared in CityBeat. He was awarded the prize for excellence in journalism in arts and entertainment.

In September of 2009, the Society of Professional Journalists awarded Gross another prize for excellence in journalism for his CityBeat column “Living Out Loud.”

From 2007 through 2009, Gross taught creative writing at the Recovery Center’s Writer’s Workshop in Cincinnati.

Gross is the author of three books. His first novel, "The Hurricane Cafe," was released in March of 2013. He lives in Covington, Kentucky.
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  • Learning How Not to Drive
    The nerve damage in my feet was slowing down my reaction time to the traffic around me. About six years ago, I decided that I no longer trusted myself on the road. I had to give up driving.
  • My Cat Decision
    My adult son is also a cat lover and he owns two female cats—sisters actually. He and his girlfriend were going to New York City last month and they asked me if I would housesit and also cat-sit for three days. I said, “Sure.”
  • Richard Ford’s 'Canada': The Long and Short of It
    “Canada” is an epic novel and a long book. That wasn’t Richard Ford’s original intention.
  • Even Cincinnati, Ohio, Has Breakfast Burritos
    Mark Twain once said, “If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there 10 years later.” While it’s not the end of the world (yet), you can find breakfast burritos even in Cincinnati. Really, Mr. Twain, you can.
  • Driving to the Drive-In From Cincinnati, Ohio
    If you’re living in Cincinnati, Ohio and looking for some good old-fashioned fun at a drive-in, you’ll probably need a GPS Navigation system in your car to find one.
  • Looking for Dive Bars in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky?
    One river, two cities and four dive bars.
  • Hard Lessons Learned From Online Dating Services
    I’ve learned some hard lessons from using online dating services. I’d like to share a few of those lessons with you.
  • Remembering My One and Only Expensive Dining Experience
    We heard Maisonette, located at 114 E. 6th Street in Downtown Cincinnati, was hurting for business. This was surprising. Maisonette was North America’s most highly rated restaurant.
  • Saying No to Credit Cards
    Like a lot of other people, I was getting into too much debt with my credit cards. I must have had at least six of them in my wallet. When I would get near my credit limit, the bank would just make the credit ceiling higher.
  • Four Common Sense Rules When It Comes to Moving
    When it comes to moving, following your common sense will usually get you through it, but if you’re short on common sense, I’ve got four basic rules you can follow.
  • Why Judge Judy Matters
    Judge Judy is a show about honestly—something that’s in short supply in this slick, often pretend like world we live in.
  • Being an Amanuensis
    Shorthand came easy to me. I could take it at 130 WPM (words per minute). I had a plan. I would graduate from college with my outstanding shorthand skills in place; get that job with the railroad as an amanuensis and travel all over the United States.
  • Searching for Alf
    Come Christmas of 1987, “Alf” had become popular on television, so henceforth the Talking Alf stuffed animal. You pulled the string and Alf would say amusing things. Being as my son loved the show, my wife and I thought this would be a perfect gift for hi
  • Vapers Vs. Smokers
    In the part of the country where I live, the Greater Cincinnati (Ohio), Northern Kentucky area, vaping has caused some confusion when it comes to the no smoking laws. I get mixed signals of approval or disapproval.
  • Be Mellow in Yellow Springs, Ohio
    Many consider this 4-square-mile town to be progressive, as it's home to Antioch, a liberal arts college, but it’s also known as a hippie community, a throwback to the late 1960s.
  • Vaping: Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick
    I’ll soon be 60 years old, and in my pessimistic view of life, old dogs can’t be taught new tricks. My son, concerned for my health, bought me an e-cigarette starter kit and encouraged me to simply give it a try.
  • King's Dream Was My Parents' Dream, Too
    My parents are gone now, but for years, they kept that copy of Dr. King’s speech that was printed in the Vevay, Indiana newspaper. Now, I have it.
  • I Wish She Could See Me Now
    If my teacher, Mrs. Hyde, hadn’t said those words to me so many years ago, I don’t know if I would have ever given writing a chance.
  • Look What They’ve Done to My Cheerios
    I took one bite of this cereal and the first thing I tasted was sugar. I went to the nutrition facts on the side of the box. Per serving, Multi Grain Cheerios contains over six grams of sugar.
  • Eating Off a Plate Vs. Eating from a Paper Bag
    When you get older, junk-food eating will catch up with you—and don’t tack on having a medical condition. My doctor, more than once, has told me being diabetic in conjunction with eating junk-food will, in two words, kill me.
  • As I See it (AISI), Texting is for the Younger Generation
    Texting is a part of modern technology I don’t like. Why anyone would think this has improved our society is beyond me.
  • Controlling My Social Media Habits
    I was known to waste hours on Twitter, would glue my eyes to YouTube clips or would get into arguments on Facebook. On January 1, 2013, a few adjustments were in order.
  • “The X Factor” Doesn’t Have the X Factor
    Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor” on Fox has lost its value. Come September, it’ll be entering its third season. Unless there’s a miracle, after this season, I think Cowell and company will be sent packing.
  • No Channels to Watch
    When Jerry Seinfeld ended his highly successful television sitcom on May 14, 1998, the very next day, I called my cable company and canceled my service. I haven’t turned on a television since. It’s been over 15 years.
  • First Person: Health, Money and First Impressions
    My biggest financial regret as an aging baby boomer is not paying enough attention to my health.
  • Love and Lust Fades but Friendship Lasts Forever
    Love your wife—even lust for her, but above everything else, like her.
  • Bigotry, Ignorance and Bliss
    Even when living in the city, maintaining a country approach to life could be beneficial when raising your kids.

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