Smart, funny, politically astute, observant, kind, sharp tongued. I knew him as a friend and a writer, he was also a teacher and a scholar. He could do the butterfly stroke and he could sing. When I met Larry in the early nineties he said he was relieved he could avoid the institutions of marriage and the military as a gay man, but he seemed to understand other’s concerns. Larry saw the whole picture with all of the flaws, he was not judgmental, he was acerbic and practical. I didn’t see him that often recently, but I will miss him so much.