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Larry Doyle

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Larry Doyle's first novel, I Love You, Beth Cooper, won the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

His second novel, Go, Mutants!, was named one of the best novels of 2010 by the Washington Post.

Deliriously Happy, a 2011 collection of humor pieces from the New Yorker and elsewhere, didn't win any awards but some people liked it.

The Next One, an e-booklet was released in 2017. It's fate has yet to be determined.

Larry Doyle was a writer and producer of The Simpsons for four years; he wrote the films Duplex, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and I Love You, Beth Cooper. He also wrote a bunch of Beavis and Buttheads, a couple Rugrats and Daria.

He was an editor at the National Lampoon, SPY, and New York, and wrote for Esquire, Rolling Stone,

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Larry Doyle Not well.

I stopped writing for more than a year a short while ago.

I gave up writing that book. (But am releasing part of it next week!)

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Not well.

I stopped writing for more than a year a short while ago.

I gave up writing that book. (But am releasing part of it next week!)

I am now two and a half years years into another book that I should have finished in six months.

Here's my not very successful method:

1. Get up.
2. Try to write.
3. The following day, repeat.(less)
Larry Doyle I am wearing dirty jeans now and will not shower until later this afternoon.

Also, there are two dogs at my feet tearing apart a sock monkey.
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A Newish Thing

About three years ago, I stopped writing a novel because it felt ridiculous, even for fiction.

It has mostly come true.

It’s a sort of a dark comedy thriller set in an alternate dystopian future in which conspiracy theories have become the lingua franca and people will believe anything. The protagonist is a hapless asshole, based on me, who changed history a tiny bit. For one, Donald Trump is no... Read more of this blog post »
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“I'm sorry I'm so pathetic," he thought, and then realized he had also said it.

Beth laughed, so lightly and so kindly that Denis felt it in his chest, not his stomach.

Can I tell you a secret?"

Yes, tell me all your secrets Denis kept to himself.

Beth leaned in, whispered: "All boys are pathetic.”
Larry Doyle, I Love You, Beth Cooper

“Denis could think of no logical reason why he should not attempt to mate with Beth Cooper.

There were no laws explicitly against it.

They were of the same species, and had complementary sex organs, most likely, based on extensive mental modeling Denis had done.”
Larry Doyle, I Love You, Beth Cooper

“Dennis had imagined that he and Beth would be one of those couples who never quarreled, that when they weren't kissing they would be laughing or lying in each other's arms, serenely, deliriously happy. He could never have imagined that she would make him so crazy angry he would scream at her in front of their friends. But in that instant, he learned a little about love.”
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