David J. Larkin, Jr. (1948- ) was born in Spokane, Washington, but grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. He served as a Mormon missionary in Brazil (1969-1971), where, in the waning hours of his tenure there, he had a revelation. That revelation--an answer to the question, "What is truth?"--is the subject of THE BOOK OF THOMPSON: A Mormon Tragedy, available through Amazon and CreateSpace.
When Larkin was an undergraduate student at Eastern Washington State College (now "University"), his Anthropology teacher drew a kinship diagram of a "typical" African tribal family on the blackboard. To illustrate how different that would be from the more simplistic diagram typical of an American family, the teacher chose a student at random--Larkin--to diagram his family alongside. As he was drawing, the class began to titter, and the teacher asked, "Are you making fun of me?" Larkin's diagram showed that he was, in chronological order, the ninth of fourteen children, born of his father's marriage to his first wife, his mother's marriage to her first husband, his parent's marriage, and his father's marriage to his third wife. The Larkin diagram made the African tribe look simple. That's the truth.
Larkin currently resides in New York City where his laugh, which, as a child, earned him the nickname "Woody" (after a certain woodpecker), is widely recognized by birdwatchers in Central Park. He writes to inflict giggles on others and to make them think.