WILD GEESE IN THE AGE OF LATE CAPITALISM

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.

CV

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 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
Faith
On Greatness
Sister

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 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

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

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
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

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
[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

The Truth is Out There

Monday mornings are like the moment the hot water runs out in a long shower: real, expected, and nonetheless unwelcome. Because it takes a monumental effort for me to enter the week dressed in a simulacrum of normal personhood, I like to spend the first part of the day distracting myself with ideas that make me feel new and engaged and alive. Now that I am doing these posts / emails, it is my pleasure to share some of today’s with you.  —LJ

ASS OUT OF ME AND U
The class politics of decluttering
Problems we don’t really want to solve

PLACES
North Korea looks like a Wes Anderson movie, or Wes Anderson movies look like North Korea
A curated journey through Atlanta’s history
Explore the Cincinnati panorama of 1848
Turkmenistan: where the cities are beautiful and empty and the neighborhoods are crowded and cluttered

LITERATURE MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO WAKE UP IN THE MORNING
Essays by poet Kenneth Rexroth
The teeny-tiny writing of Charlotte Brontë

HI-LOW
Make fancy cocktails using Hi-C EctoCooler
When Henry Cotton of Moze (in Essex) was reported in 1592 for not attending church, he came before the local churchwardens, and ‘very unreverently and contemptuously farted unto them and said, “Present that to the court”’.
Taylor Swift swallows the world (and it ain’t a good thing)

GNOTHI SEAUTON
Grief Magic
Hallucinatory voices shaped by local culture
Paris Review interview with Adam Phillips:

“There are a number of people whom you might think of as casualties of the myth of the artist. They really should have done something else. Of course some people get lucky and find that art works for them, but for so many people it doesn’t. I think that needs to be included in the picture. Often one hears or reads accounts in which people will say, Well, he may have treated his children, wives, friends terribly, but look at the novels, the poems, the paintings. I think it’s a terrible equation. Obviously one can’t choose to be, as it were, a good parent or a good artist, but if the art legitimates cruelty, I think the art is not worth having. People should be doing everything they can to be as kind as possible and to enjoy each other’s company. Any art, any anything, that helps us do that is worth having. But if it doesn’t, it isn’t.” 

Image credit: Mark Rothko, Four Darks in Red, 1958.

LJ Algorithm

What is the LJ Algorithm? 
Hard to define, more difficult to hold onto, the LJ Algorithm is the engine behind this newsletter / blogroll / whatever of links and anecdotes from around the web.

ART BECAUSE LIFE
Women of the Iowa Railroad: April 1943
The Work of Annu Palakunnathu Matthew: Indian American artist and photographer
Detroit 1982, by Robert Monaghan

LITERATURE MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO WAKE UP IN THE MORNING
W.H. Auden’s Syllabus
Fuck the Straight Line: How Story Rebels Against Expectation
The Creative Process, by James Baldwin

NEWS AND SHIT
Stephen Colbert Hijacked the RNC Stage
More Than 1,000 Attend Black Lives Matter Police Cook-Out in Wichita, Kansas
Women Were Included in the Civil Rights Act as a Joke

THE CUTE SET
Puppies Livestream
Kitten Gets So Excited He Jumps Up and Down

BONUS MISC.
101 Ways to Say Died

Image credit: Laura Jean Moore, New Jersey Beach, digital photograph, 2048 × 1152, 2015.

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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