Larry’s daughter Rosanna, once wrote of Larry, to the people he writes about, quoting and paraphrasing some passage she read:
“In his more lyrical moments, he insists on a version of you that is funnier, stranger, more eccentric and more profound than you suspect yourself to be. In his more whimsical moments, he makes you capable of doing more good and more harm in the world than you’ve ever imagined.
“It is only after knowing him for some time that you begin to realize you are, to him, an essentially fictional character — one that he has invested with nearly limitless capacities for tragedy and comedy, not necessarily because that is your true nature, but because he, Larry, needs to live in a world peopled by extreme and commanding figures.”
So it would seem in this the 22nd book of his Make My Day series, Angel and Devil, when Larry writes of various personalities: Greg Cendaña trying to empty the ocean with a tea-cup, Johnny Enrile waddling like a duck, Freddie the Fart, Francis Garchitorena the Horse Face, Si Inay transported in a coffin dressed in layers of pasalubongs, Tony Balmori the con-man, the Marx Brothers who put the Philippine Daily Inquirer to bed, the bird and balls of Joker Arroyo, the Seven Dwarfs of Cory, James Murphy who looks three days dead and badly embalmed, Walden Bello as Kermit the Frog, and Charito Planas as Miss Piggy.
He can be hilarious and outrageous, but when he is serious, he can be knowledgeable, profound and awe-inspiring, as when he writes a series of articles on building a nation and on Land Reform.
Even the most trivial things like taking a bath or exercising, sitting on a chair or typing or saying the dirty word, is vested with an elegance and importance that surpasseth all understanding. His essay on the triumph of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and the Removal of the American Bases in the Philippines, as proof that God exists, is a classic. And so his essay on Americans welching on their debts.
Read Henares and join the company of an educated man.