By: Laura Jean Moore and Tye Pemberton

You do not have to be call-your-wife-mom good.
You do not have to walk on your knees in Guantanamo or
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting (as Weezer’s Africa cover
plays on repeat.)
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what Madison Avenue tells it to love.
Tell me about political despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on in a climate-denying march towards human extinction.
Meanwhile the sun and the acid pebbles of the rain
are moving across the dying landscapes,
over the fracked up prairies and the lost deep trees,
the mined mountains and the polluted rivers.
Meanwhile the last wild geese, high in the unclean, blue-ish air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how very lonely,
the ad world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like those last wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your temporary place
in the family of things.


b. 1982, Atlanta, Georgia
l. 2001, Portland, Oregon
l. 2008, New York, New York
l. 2016, Savannah, Georgia
l. 2017, Los Angeles, California

M.F.A., Fiction, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, New York
B.A., Linguistics, Religion, Reed College, Portland, Oregon

StoryWoolf, Inc.
Porchlight: A Literary Magazine 

Fiction Book Reviewer, Publisher’s Weekly, New York, New York (remote)
[secret], [secret], Los Angeles, California
Editor, World Bank, Washington, D.C. (remote)
Senior Writer/Editor, Creative Direction, SCAD, Savannah, Georgia
Assistant Editor, NOON Literary Annual, New York, New York
Freelance Writer, Editor, Researcher, New York, New York
Knowledge Manager & Tech Recruiter, James & Co., New York, New York
Non-Fiction Book Reviewer, Publisher’s Weekly, New York, New York
Editorial Intern, Foundry Literary + Media, New York, New York
Editor in Chief, Porchlight: A Literary Magazine, New York, New York
Instructor & Coordinator, Columbia Artists/Teachers, Columbia University, New York, New York
Lead Writer and Marketing Strategist, Masterplans, Portland, Oregon

Executive Producer, Bureau of Complaint (podcast)
Executive Producer, Livin and Lovin in NYC (podcast)
Production Manager, Annie Oakley, The Only Genuine Wild West Show (short film)

INTRO to Creative Writing, Voice in Fiction, Columbia College and Barnard College, New York, New York
Literature and Grammar, Fourth Grade, Harlem Academy, New York, New York
Advanced and Remedial Grammar, High School, Double Discovery Center, Columbia University, New York, New York

2018 Winner, Short Fiction Contest, Los Angeles Review
2015 Nominee, Best of the Net, Change Seven Magazine
2014 Winner, Zora Neale Hurston Fiction Prize, Cobalt Review
2004 President’s Commendation for Excellence, Reed College, Portland, Oregon
2003 President’s Commendation for Excellence, Reed College, Portland, Oregon

2017 Columbia Selects, KGB Bar, New York, New York
2014 La Perruque VII, Berl’s Poetry Shop, Brooklyn, New York
2011 Summer Reading Series, Blue Angel Wines, Brooklyn, New York
2009 Ding Dong Reading Series, Ding Dong Bar, New York, New York
2009 Fiction Reading Series, Columbia University, New York, New York
2003 The Undergraduate Linguistics Education, Harvard Linguistic Colloquium, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2010 Jacob P. Waletzky Writing Fellowship, Columbia University


2020 Husbandry, Los Angeles Review, Winner, 2018 Short Fiction Contest (Forthcoming)
2015 Family History, the Electric Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature
2014 The Crossroads, Cobalt Review, Winner, Zora Neale Hurston Fiction Prize
2014 Notes from the Year of Eros, Corium Magazine

2017 Spring, JuxtaProse Magazine
2017 Four Poems, Hobart
2016 Communion, JF Review
2015 Manifesto, V.3, ENTROPY Magazine
2015 Five Poems, Change Seven Magazine
2014 Three Poems, [PANK] Magazine
2007 In Attendance, KBOO Portland (90.7 FM)

2018 We’ve Only Just Begun: On work, Late Capitalism, and the last thing you have to sell (with Tye Pemberton), MEDIUM
2017 Sarah Perry’s After the Eclipse, Brooklyn Rail
2017 Betsy Devos doesn’t really believe in democracy, Scalawag Magazine
2016 A Few Thoughts About Beyoncé’s video FORMATION, MEDIUM
2016 The Failure of the Digital Revolution, MEDIUM
2015–2017 Regular column, Change Seven Magazine

Select columns: 
On Love
Whiteness, A Study
On Greatness

2015 Why We Need Awareness Weeks, FLUX Weekly
2015 Kim Kardashian West is the Outsider Artist America Deserves, VICE Media
2015 Each New Heartache is as Old as the First, Change Seven Magazine, Nominee, Best of the Net
2014 BEYOND THAT: An interview with Wendy C. Ortiz, Brooklyn Rail
2014 The New Poor: Gentrification, Student Loans, Millenials, and the Myth of Economic Expansion, Medium
2012 At the End the Baby Disappears, Brooklyn Rail
2011–2013 Various reviews, Publisher’s Weekly
2011 Wren’s Revenge, Porchlight: A Literary Magazine 

2019-Present Co-host and Executive Producer, Bureau of Complaint
2015-2016 Co-host and Executive Producer, Livin’ and Lovin’ in NYC

2018 Bus Ride, Metro Los Angeles
2018 California River, Dream Air Travel
2018 Bus Meeting, Metro Los Angeles

2017 Still Lives, Real Life Mag
2016 Kahlo vs. Kardashian, The Subversive Potential of the Female Self-Portrait, The Rumpus
2016 A Magnificent List of 111 Female-Hosted Podcasts, WNYC
2016 11 Podcasts That Real Talk About Sex, Thrillist
2016 DIY Made the Radio Star: How a Brooklyn Station is Changing the Game, Village Voice
2016 Entertaining Sex Podcasts, FILTHY
2015 These ‘Feminist Shock Jocks’ Don’t Care If You’re Offended By Their Podcast, Village Voice (Cover)
2015 Falling In Love With Her, Mental Dexterity
2012 Tania Raymonde Plays a Lesbian Activist in Blue Like Jazz, After Ellen
2012 Blue Like Jazz: How a Movie Based on a Book Became a Story, Paste Magazine
2011 What the 99 Percent Are Fighting For: Three Reasons There Are Two Americas, Center for American Progress
2009 A Spiritual Odyssey, Reed College Magazine
2003 Blue Like Jazz

Am I Straight?

Am I? No. Are you? Maybe. 

A poem for your survival, regardless:

by Jim Harrison
The moon comes up.
The moon goes down.
This is to inform you
that I didn’t die young.
Age swept past me
but I caught up.
Spring has begun here and each day
brings new birds up from Mexico.
Yesterday I got a call from the outside
world but I said no in thunder.
I was a dog on a short chain
and now there’s no chain.

And links:
These 80 programs would lose Federal funding under Trump’s proposed budget
Trump is officially under investigation by the FBI for his ties with Russia
Donald Trump is the symptom, not the problem

Livin and Lovin in NYC’s election debrief
The invention of heterosexuality
Youtube is now restricting LGBTQ+ videos, WTF
Chuck Tingle is the greatest author of our generation

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Between Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night

Just then, encountering my ruddy face
in the grand piano’s cold black craquelure,
it conjured the jack-o’-lantern moon
dipping up over the roofs of the Tenderloin.

Only when I have done with the myths—
the inner spill that triggers us to flame,
breasts so sensitive a moment’s touch
will call down fever; the dark sea-lane

between limbic squall and the heart’s harbour—
will I picture you, just beyond innocence,
lying stripped by a thrown-wide window,
letting the cool breeze covet your ardour.

The ugliest house in America
That time DON RICKLES was a featured character in Superman comic books
Kid needs permission slip to read Fahrenheit 451
A brief history of Appalachian snake handlers
Butt plugs used to be marketed as miracle cure for headaches and acne

The history of candy corn
The best of NASA’s pumpkin carving competition
Spooky skull door, Fort Worth, TX, 1946
The original Jack-o-lanterns were made of turnips and WERE TERRIFYING
17 real life ghost stories that will freak you the fuck out
The Bell Witch Cave
Samhain: Traditions and Rituals for the New Year
What is a ghoul?

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far memory

The LJ Algorithm was one of the casualties of Hurricane Matthew. We’ll be back in full next week. Until then, read well. —LJ

far memory
by Lucille Clifton

                   a poem in seven parts


my knees recall the pockets
worn into the stone floor,
my hands, tracing against
the wall their original name, remember
the cold brush of brick, and the smell
of the brick powdery and wet
and the light finding its way in
through the high bars.

and also the sisters singing
at matins, their sweet music
the voice of the universe at peace
and the candles their light the light
at the beginning of creation
and the wonderful simplicity of prayer
smooth along the wooden beads
and certainly attended.

someone inside me remembers Continue reading


Again, the season shifts, and like every year the change is expected and welcome. Today it is raining where I am, but I still wait for that first day when the temperature is cool enough for me to wear a hoodie, my puffy vest, and wool socks. Bundling brings comfort, perhaps a leftover joy of infancy. We like being wrapped up. It is a simulacrum of a hug. Read these with tea. Or quiet. Welcome to fall. —LJ

Autumn by Grace Paley
Villette by Charlotte Brontë
The American Bystander: new humor magazine
Shakespeare’s language not as original as dictionaries think
What are we allowed to say?

Girlhood, Céline Sciamma’s coming of age story
Good Girls Revolt, a new show from Netflix
Girl at War by Sara Novic
The girl in the title: more than a marketing trend
Girlhood gone: notes from the new Nashville

Penguin / Random House: what our editors look for on the opening page
NYTimes: how to submit modern love essays
Washington Post: can I submit freelance work to WaPo?

Culture specific diseases and mental disorders
Exporting western mental disorders
Crazy Like Us: the globalization of the American psyche
The lethality of loneliness

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