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Published on November 20th, 2014 | by TLV News

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The Influence of Larry Brown, Mississippi Writer (July 9, 1951 – November 24, 2004)

Brown_Larry“Around the time I started to get serious about writing, a friend gave me a copy of Big Bad Love and everything changed. The stories were effortlessly honest, muscular and lean; quick and devastatingly beautiful—thoroughbreds, all of them.

J-Tinney-porch-steps-color_whiteborderEqually compelling was his biography—a guy who had no formal training in writing. He decided to be a writer and taught himself. Larry Brown made me feel like it was possible, like he had just handed me a driver’s license. The day after he died, someone sent me a note saying they were sorry because they knew how much Mr. Brown meant to me. I didn’t know he had died. It broke my heart.

 “On my book shelf, which is in no [deliberate] order, there’s a Bible and then there is Larry Brown who is followed by Faulkner.”

– Jason Tinney, author, blues harp player; Ripple Meets the Deep (CityLit Press, 2014), excerpted by Rafael Alvarez, contributor to The Local Voice and author, Tales From the Holy Land

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The Local Voice is a bimonthly entertainment guide and newspaper based in Oxford, Mississippi, covering and distributed in North Central Mississippi, including Oxford, Ole Miss, Taylor, Abbeville, Water Valley, Lafayette County, Yalobusha County, and parts of Panola County, Marshall County, and Tupelo . The Local Voice is distributed free to over 255 locations in North Mississippi and also available as a full color PDF download worldwide on the internet.



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