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large past1987 Surfing-on-Acid 0Thomas Wallin Larson



Masters of Arts in English and American literature from the University of California, San Diego, 1986.

Graduate courses in music at the University of California, San Diego, 1982 and 1983.

Bachelor of Music, University of New Mexico, 1982.


Faculty (retired), Ashland University Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing, 2010 - 2017: program development, residency and online classes, thesis advisor, post-thesis editor.

Complete List of Thomas Larson's Publications: 1981 - 2023 Print E-mail
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Spirituality and the Writer: A Personal Inquiry. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press / Swallow Press, 2019.

The Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of Heart Disease. Albany, NY: Hudson Whitman / Excelsior College Press, 2014.

The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings." New York: Pegasus Books, 2010.

The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press / Swallow Press, 2007.


Audible Audiobooks:

Spirituality and the Writer: A Personal Inquiry. Ian Putnam, University Press Audiobooks, 2022.

The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings." Gregory St. John, Audible Studios, 2013.


Amazon eBooks:

Awash in Celebrity Authors. Amazon Kindle, March 2012.

We Are Their Heaven: A Family Memoir. Amazon Kindle, August 2011.

On the Poetry of James Wright. Amazon Kindle, March 2011.

What Exactly Happened: Four Essays on the Craft of Memoir. Amazon Kindle, January 2011.


Books Edited:

A Year in Ink: San Diego Writers’ Ink Anthology. Editor. San Diego, California: The Ink Spot Press, 2008.


Works Anthologized:

"Kneaded." Sustenance: Writers from B.C. and Beyond on the Subject of Food. Vancouver, CA: Anvil Press, December 2017.

"This Shining Night." Solstice Selects: Two Years of Diverse Voices. Edited by Lee Hope, 2016.

"A Few Photographs of Molested Children." Eclectia Magazine: Best Nonfiction, Volume 1. October 1996 - February 2016.

"'In Spite of Everything': The Definitive Indefinite Anne Frank." Anne Frank: People Who Made History, ed. by Jennifer Hansen. Greenhaven Press, 2003.

"A Political Vision of Afro-American Culture: Richard Wright’s 'Bright and Morning Star.'" In Richard Wright: Myths and Realities, ed. by C. James Trotman. Garland Publishing, 1988.


The Social Author:

Essay Series at Guernica.

"Rachel Maddow, Isocrates, and the Power of Speech." May 22, 2014.

"The Fearless Oratory of Christopher Hitchens." February 6, 2014.

"The Great Literary Future Behind Us." December 20, 2013.

"On the Social Authorship of the Bible." November 13, 2013.

"Our Multimedial Beginning." September 30, 2013.

"Writing Seen, Writing Spoken." August 26, 2013.


Video Essay:

"I'm Sorry / What For." AWP, Boston, LIR, March 7, 2013.


Psychology Today "Mysteries of the Heart":

"Inflammation & Heart Disease." November 2014.

"Thinking Ourselves Heart-Sick." October 2014.

"From 'Not Me' to 'Why Me?'" September 2014.

"Women Caretaking Men, Part 2." July 2014.

"Women Caretaking Men, Part 1." June 2014.

"Inextinguishably Alive." May 2014.

"The Heart and a Language To Describe It." April 2014.

"Cuddling with Mamie." March 2014.

Blog Posts:

One year of blog-post essays and articles at 3QuarksDaily. November 2020 to November 2021.

"My Vegan Heart." Everyday Health. January 15, 2014.

"How We Spend Our Days: Thomas Larson." Catching Days blog. October 1, 2013.

"After Many a Summer Still Writing My Parents." Michael Steinberg's blog. November 28. 2012.


Multimedia Presentations:

"James Agee and Music." The Sembrich Museum. Bolton Landing, NY. August 26, 2015.

"The Sanctuary of Illness." Premiered, January 26, 2014, Swedenborgian Hall, San Diego, CA. One dozen other dates.

"And Titanic's Band Played On: 100 Years of a Musical Mystery." Multimedia performance, summer/fall 2012, five dates.

"Disenthralled: An End to My Heart Disease." Ashland University MFA program multimedia performance, August 3, 2011.

"The 'Author' in the Digital Age." Multimedia talk. Two venues, 2011.

"The Saddest Music Ever Written." Multimedia presentation. Fall 2010 National Tour, thirty dates.


Writing on the Art of John Daniel Abel:

"Hopelessly American." An afterword to Rank 'N File: Life and Death for the American Underclass. Summer 2014.

"Whatever." An Introduction to The Last Word: 76 American Epitaphs. New edition, 2014.



"The Pleasures and Paradoxes of Spiritual Writing." Rain Taxi Interview with Renee D'Aoust. Fall 2019.


Eulogies & Elegies:

"Growing Sugar Beets in Sonoma: Elegy for Bruce Brown." January 2020.

"Eulogy for John Christianson." April 2, 2018.



"Eat & Read." Write or Die. December 6, 2023.


Feature Articles, Critcal Essays, & Commentary:

"Very Good Boys and Girls." San Diego Reader. January 10.2024.

"Time During the Holidays." Times of San Diego. January 6, 2024.

"Down to the River Jordan." The Truth Seeker. September 2023.

"Noise Is a Necessary Obscenity." San Diego Reader. August 23, 2023.

"On John Baldessari." Raft Magazine. July 9, 2023.

"San Diego Smart: In Search of Intelligence." San Diego Reader. February 8, 2023.

"Absurd Givenness: The Death of God, Richard Rubenstein, and Me." The Truth Seeker. Sept-Dec, 2022.

"Will No One Rid Me of This Troublesome Orange Jesus?" Times of San Diego. October 2, 2022.

"Life in Calipatria." San Diego Reader. August 31, 2022.

"Pro-Life? Not Exactly. More Like Pro-Birth. Life's Something Else. Times of San Diego. July 5, 2022.

"The Self, As Ensemble, The Prose, Like Jazz: On Albert Murray's South to a Very Old Place." Metapsychosis. June 1, 2022.

"Jackie Bryant Builds a Platform (The News Will Never Be the Same)." San Diego Reader. January 26, 2022.

"What's in His Wallet? An Addendum to the Texas Abortion Law." Times of San Diego. September 9, 2021.

"Unchurched." San Diego Reader. September 1, 2021.

"The Multimedia Art of Chauvet Cave." 3QuarksDaily. July 12, 2021.

"Certainty Makes You Stupid. San Diego Stupid." San Diego Reader. June 30, 2021.

"Fraudsters." San Diego Reader. May 6, 2021.

"I Assert the Right to Live Free From Disinformation." Times of San Diego. January 28, 2021.

"Beach Erosion." San Diego Reader. January 13, 2021.

"A Plurality of Traditions: Anthony Davis & the Social Justice Opera." Los Angeles Review of Books. October 17, 2020.

"Here's That Rainy Day: Hard Times for 17 County Cities." San Diego Reader. August 6, 2020.

"To Play with Reptiles All Day." San Diego Reader. July 29, 2020.

"Masking the Unmasked." Times of San Diego. June 28, 2020.

"We Need to Protect Against Covid-19 As If It Were (Far Worse Than) Gun Violence." Times of San Diego. May 2, 2020.

"After a Century of Animal-Borne Diseases, It's Vegetarian Time." Times of San Diego. April 11, 2020.

"This South Bay Sentinel: On Paradise Hills." San Diego Reader. January 22, 2020.

"Elegy for the Trapdoor Spider." San Diego Reader. November 2019, 2019.

"My College Is Better Than Your College." San Diego Reader. August 14, 2019.

"Thirty-Five Glimpses at Lemon Grove." San Diego Reader. April 10, 2019

"We Wish There Were Fewer." San Diego Reader. January 23, 2019.

"Sorrento Valley Lacks Stickiness." San Diego Reader. November 21, 2018.

"Users and Their Words: Wrestling with John D'Agata." River Teeth. Spirng 2018, 19.2.

"All Those Glittering Notes: The Music of Richard Thompson." San Diego Troubadour. May 1, 2018.

"Fanfare for an American Maverick: Ruth Crawford Seeger." San Diego Troubadour. February 1, 2018.

"Rejoice! Secularism Won! Why We Can Never Celebrate." The Truth Seeker. January 31, 2018.

"In My Heart, I Hate It: Little Italy." San Diego Reader. January 17, 2018.

"Thomas Merton and the Language of Spirituality." Berfrois UK. October 17, 2017.

"The Reliably Spiritual Author." Pacifica Literary Review. Summer 2017.

"Between Indifference and Hope." San Diego Reader. June 28, 2017.

"One Smartphone, 100 Million Users, and Privatizing Faith." Free Inquiry. June 2, 2017.

"San Diego's Top 12 Donors." San Diego Reader. April 19, 2017.

"What I Am Not Yet, I Am." Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. April 1, 2017.

"Through the Veil One Sees: On Richard Selzer." Paper read February 9, 2017 @ AWP Conference.

"The Purgatorial Trenches of Wilfred Owen." The Truth Seeker. January 15, 2017.

"Leo Tolstoy and the Origins of Spiritual Memoir." Los Angeles Review of Books. January 13, 2017.

"Who Are You Calling an Atheist?" Church & State, UK. October 15, 2016.

"Christploitation @ the Movies." The Truth Seeker. October 1, 2016.

"Oldest Things in San Diego." San Diego Reader. August 31, 2016.

"A New Art Aloud: On Margaret Noble." San Diego Reader. June 8, 2016.

"Consume, Discard, Repeat: The Industrial Landscapes of Kim Reasor. San Diego Reader. June 1, 2016.

"The Taxman Cometh Not." The Truth Seeker. May 2016.

"A Secular Founding Father: On Ian Ruskin's 'Thomas Paine.'" The Truth Seeker. May 2016.

"Between Words & Images." Profile of Justin Manor and Sosolimited. San Diego Reader. February 3, 2016.

"I Don't Know Why I'm a Musician." Profile of Joe Garrison. San Diego Reader. December 24, 2015.

"Denying and Welcoming the End: The Evangelical Duplicity." The Truth Seeker. Volume 142. September 2015.

"In the Guise of Telling the Truth." Referential Magazine. September 23, 2015.

"On Medical Authority." Guernica. August 6, 2015.

"Child No More." San Diego Reader. July 22, 2015.

"San Diego For Sale." San Diego Reader. April 2, 2015.

"Print (Almost) Anything." 3-D printing. San Diego Reader. January 28, 2015.

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