Larry Mitchell, Novelist of New York Gay Life



LARRY MITCHELL helped clear the way for many of us, even if we didn’t know it. When I met Larry in 2008 to interview him for this magazine, we discovered that we had grown up thirty miles apart in Indiana (“It was a nightmare!” he exclaimed, and I agreed). Only after I made my way to graduate school in Indiana, and then to New York, and then onto the faculty of the College of Staten Island, CUNY, did I learn that I’d been following Larry around my whole life.

Thirty-five years apart, we had lived within a few blocks of each other in the St. George neighborhood of the forgotten borough.

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