Getting to HereLarry Burns. Writer, Cogitator, Educator, Agitator, Artist.
Get to know me...
All my creative work originates from the heady blend of sights, sounds, peoples, and places of the Inland Empire (the IE). Living and creating from the IE has its pros and cons. Sometimes my lungs seize from the diesel fumes and I taste rocket fuel in my drinking water. But then I spy Tahquitz Peak from I-10 (the dime) at sunrise and I remember why I live here.
There are amazing bits amongst the dust. Mining that shiny stuff requires fun collaborators. Nobody does anything on their own! I’ve made cool things with other people, and animals and plants and even a short novel with GPT-2, an open-source artificial intelligence created by OpenAI in 2019 (Trash Novel).
Recent Blog Posts and Videos
I keep busy around the Inland Empire exploring popular culture and places where it is easy to get lost. If it is worth sharing, I write and talk about it with anyone who will listen. Look closer, there is plenty to be happy about.
For ten months I made the 192-mile round trip, arriving in Sunvale Village at sunrise. Typical days were filled with scavenging found materials from desert dump sites, repairing damage to the installation due to the harsh natural conditions of the Mojave Desert, and developing new story lines, context, and characters for Sunvale Village’s Facebook Page.
My neighborhood is diverse in terms of flags, landscape choices, and beliefs about where cars are supposed to be parked. I have many fine neighbors. I’ve even nominated one for a civic award and he won. Nowadays, my inspiration is a cat named Janes.
Your library is open. Now. It will be open tomorrow as well. The cloudLibrary app is just one of many community benefits offered by Riverside Public Library. It has always been free, and it will always provide access to the tools you need to thrive. It would be absurd to not take advantage of all their free stuff and useful services.
My Upcoming Speaking Engagements and Events
I love sharing stories from my road trips doing research for my books. I once did a 12 hour, 392-mile photo tour of both Inland Empire deserts (Sonoran and Mojave). In July! I don’t recommend it but do check here for stories about that art fueled ride.
I started in fiction but found joyful freedom in creative nonfiction, particularly writing that is placed based. My characters usually care about establishing and maintaining social bonds through culture, ritual, and recreation. I like to ask how place shapes a person and how actions represent values.
Sometimes I say stuff in public and sometimes there are cameras present. When that happens, and it is not legally incriminating, I put it here.
My Social Media
Pictures of Inland Empire desert art, cool cultural events, sometimes inquisitive dogs or smiling children. Usually absurd and inconsequential.
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