My story ‘Motion Sickness,’ previously only available in a SOLD OUT print run of the Northwest Review, is NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE.

This story might be one of my favorites I’ve ever written. Came out of me during the pandemic when I was sitting with big thoughts about the future and reading W.G. Sebald and my spouse and I would pass the time taking long drives down to the port and back home.

Los Angeles is known for its film studios and Hollywood glamour and media production, but one of the largest drivers of the economy is actually the Port of Los Angeles, which straddles San Pedro and Long Beach, and is the largest port in North America. It has 25 cargo terminals spread across 7,500 acres and handles over $270 billion in cargo a year. It is also a port of call for multiple cruise ships.

This story is partially about my fascination with the port, partially about my frustration with what I have seen some peers do to fit in, beat back loneliness, and lose a part of themselves along the way.

Read ‘Motion Sickness’ here.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Now read THANATOS, my creepy short story at Malarkey Books.

Malarkey Books published Hellarkey, just in time for Halloween (as a fundraiser for the press), and it sold out in mere hours. But even if you missed the chance to get your own copy, you can now read my story online!!!

Read Thanatos here.

A happy samhain to you and yours,

LJ

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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