STILL ALIVE, my debut novel, to be published by MALARKEY BOOKS in February 2024

!!!!! I am thrilled to share that STILL ALIVE (formerly STARBOI), which was long listed by [PANK] for their book contest in 2020, will be published by MALARKEY BOOKS in February 2024 !!!!!!!!

An excerpt of the novel already appeared as a preview on MALARKEY’S website and you can read it here: STILL ALIVE (Excerpt) by LJ Pemberton.

Another excerpt is forthcoming from Cosmonauts Avenue, and I will of course share that when it goes live.

Here’s the neato graphic announcement that MALARKEY made to share the news:

If you're excited about my book, and you love good writing, I highly recommend joining the MALARKEY BOOK CLUB at their Patreon. For $20 a month, you'll get one outstanding book of fiction or non-fiction or poetry EVERY MONTH (12 a year!) from this doing-the-good-work indie press. Proceeds directly support the operations of the press AND THE AUTHORS THEMSELVES. Which, as you know, I really believe in. 

No doubt there will be more to share in the future, but I wanted you to know what’s up. I’m 100% nervous and excited to share this book I’ve been working on for literal years of my life. It’s a doozy.

sending big love,

LJ

ANOTHER HERE, PLEASE

GOOD MEDICINE
The most detailed map of the universe
James Earl Jones reads Walt Whitman
$213 train ride across America

PARENTING
X-Plan: Giving your kids a way out
Victorian-era daguerrotypes of women breastfeeding

THE FUCK?
World War 3 is coming
The coding of white trash in academia
Conscious consumerism is a lie

GNOTHI SEAUTON
The Klein sexual orientation grid
The great Eskimo vocabulary hoax
Mediocrity is a virus

Image: Scarlett O’Hara resting bitch face.

BRAIN FOOD

MUSIC
Beyoncé, Black Mamahood & Affirmation
Bette Midler live in Cleveland 1976
My Brightest Diamond | This is My Hand

WORDS
Rebecca Solnit on Virginia Woolf’s darkness
AWP: (might as well) give the books away
We know what works in teaching composition

WHAT DO WE KNOW
Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse
The best kitchen gadget of the 1600s was a dog
How much diggity

ART | DESIGN
24 creative die cut business cards
Jade Beall photography (NSFW — beautiful naked mommas)
W.E.B. Du Bois hand-drawn infographics 

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SIGH AND BLUNDER

FILM
We Live in Public (full documentary): the early tech boom, hubris and art
Maggie Cheung retrospective
Despotism (1946)

READING & WRITING
Transit Books talks with Publisher’s Weekly
Hating the press is not American
Interview with James Ellroy in the Paris Review
Where are the female lit mag editors? Here.

HISTORY
About Belle Starr, American outlaw
President Martin Van Buren was born 12/5/1782
After his murder, the head of Metacomet, also called King Philip, was displayed on a pike at the early American colony of Fort Plymouth for 25 years

CURRENT DISASTERS
How technology killed manufacturing jobs in America
Incredible first person video, driving through fire in Gatlinburg, TN
On the Oakland warehouse fire
On the Cambridge fire
More about the Gunman at the DC pizzeria

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After the Turkey

FLYING SUCKS
Study finds flying in America is worse than ever
Why does airline travel make people grumpy?
Why air travel sucks
How designers would fix air travel
How Obama is trying to make air travel better
(This is one thing that was better in the 1960s)

WOMEN OF GLORY
10 things you probably didn’t know about Willa Cather
Smart Girl Club
Street hijab fashion
The ultimate Maggie Nelson reading list
Pearl Hart

AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM
The latest Reparations podcast
Inside the murky world of DIY abortions
The NSA spy hub in Manhattan: hidden in plain sight

GRAB BAG
The Boston molasses disaster of 1919
A more accurate flat world map
Dial-up modem handshake sound
The epic uncool of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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