Iconoclastic

POLITICS
Betsy DeVos doesn’t really believe in democracy, at Scalawag Mag by yours truly
Trump doesn’t understand why we had the Civil War
A statement from the Berkeley Antifascists

FILM
Dancing in the Dark, a documentary of the Black and Latino gay club scene in New York. Almost like Paris is Burning for a new generation.
BritishPathe.tv
Vintage Matchbox Cars on the assembly line
Indiscretion of an American Wife, starring Montgomery Clift and Jennifer Jones

ESSAY
Something uneasy in the Los Angeles Air
Crossed wires and community in 19th century dreams
Ghost in the cloud

Image credit

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

EDUCATION
2010 M.F.A., Writing, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, New York
2005 B.A., Linguistics, Religion, Reed College, Portland, Oregon

FOUNDER
2013 StoryWoolf, Inc.
2009 Porchlight: A Literary Magazine (as L.J. Moore)

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

FICTION
2019 Husbandry, Los Angeles Review, Winner, 2018 Short Fiction Contest
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

POETRY
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)

ESSAY
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 Review of Washington Avenue’s Christmas Decorations, The Reviewer
2016 The Failure of the Digital Revolution, MEDIUM
2015–2017 Regular column, Change Seven Magazine
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 (as L.J. Moore)

HONORS AND AWARDS
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

READINGS
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 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

FELLOWSHIPS
2010 Jacob P. Waletzky Writing Fellowship, Columbia University

PODCASTS
2015-2016 Co-founder and co-host, Livin’ and Lovin’ in NYC

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

Press
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

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

Whoa Wednesday

THEY SAY
Sidney Poitier is still alive and can sometimes be seen at the dinosaur McDonald’s* on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, ordering pancakes at all hours of the day. At least, this is what I learned on Monday evening when Tye Pemberton and I were sitting in our living room discussing the important details of McDonald’s new all-day breakfast policy (p.s. all-day breakfast menus vary by location). While I have never been to L.A., it didn’t surprise me that a place known as the dinosaur McDonald’s—soherenamed because it used to be a Sinclair fill-up station—would have an all-day pancake policy for one. Poitier deserves all the delicious pancakes he can eat. The man is a living national treasure. When I asked Mr. Pemberton how he knew the dinosaur McDonald’s would make pancakes for Poitier whenever he wanted them, Mr. Pemberton said he had seen it himself when he was in college.** The staff even wrote Poitier a note on his to-go box: “Only for you, Mr. Poitier.” This much is true: I don’t doubt Mr. Pemberton, and neither should you.     —LJ

*Current L.A. residents invited to confirm or deny whether the dinosaur McDonald’s still stands.
**Over a decade ago.

JUST SO YOU KNOW, BLACK LIVES MATTER
In light of Steve King’s recent remarks, perhaps it is time to brush up on the subtle linguistics of polite white supremacy?
Writer Kiese Laymon takes us to church on facebook
Why I am skeptical of white liberals in the black lives matter movement

THE WORLD OUTSIDE AMERICA
What happened in Turkey?
People in China are REALLY hating on the Hague’s South China Sea decision

LITERATURE MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO WAKE UP IN THE MORNING
A new generation hilariously discovers Moby Dick
Famous authors’ handwritten outlines for great works of literature
David Foster Wallace’s syllabus for English 102 (in which he used popular fiction to blow little undergraduate minds

SWIFTBOATING KANYE: A PRIMER
Here’s what Taylor Swift did to Kanye and then what Kim did to defend him
Here is why Taylor Swift is all kinds of fucked up, plus bonus metaphor “Darth Susan” for that coworker you despise

ART BECAUSE LIFE
Black contemporary art tumblr of glory
Do you have to be rich to make it as an artist?
Searchable database of Japanese woodcuts
Hot pictures of hot books (some NSFW)

CINEMA OBSCURA
Detour, the 1945 film noir classic (only one hour long)
The Nude Restaurant by Andy Warhol (NSFW)

MEN’S ISSUES
Nobody showed up at the Women For Trump event at the RNC
BREXIT and the glass cliff
An interview with Lisa Mae Brunson about diversifying the white bro world of tech
On the appetites of men and women
Can a woman’s voice ever be right?

FUN TIME IS ANY TIME
Chris Fleming makes me laugh

Doge dancing

Image Credit: Columbia Pictures, Sidney Poitier in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, 1967.

Bio

Laura Jean Moore is a writer / artist / futurist currently living in Los Angeles, California. Her stories, essays, and poetry have been featured in PANK, the Electric Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature, Hobart, VICE, the Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Columbia University and is formerly an assistant editor at NOON. Her short story, Husbandry, is the winner of the 2018 short fiction contest of the Los Angeles Review, and will be available to read in Issue 23 (forthcoming).

The podcast she co-founded with Victoria Davis, Livin’ and Lovin’ in NYC, has been featured in the Village Voice, Savage Love, WNYC, Thrillist and FILTHY. StoryWoolf is still stealth, so don’t ask (yet).

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