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Where Life Intertwines With the Books I Read

Lauren J Barnhart

Lauren J Barnhart
Seattle, Washington,
April 11
Author & Publisher
Knotted Tree Press
My memoir 'No End Of The Bed' spans my search for truth through differing perceptions of sex, with some surprising parallels made between the fundamentalist church and the sex-positive movement. It is now available at most online retailers. You can also find my writing in past issues of Jersey Devil Press and Monkey Bicycle.


Editor’s Pick
JULY 1, 2012 10:43PM

New York State Of Mind

            Last Sunday, at the bookstore, I saw the name ‘Emily Gould’ in red letters on the spine of a book in the memoir section.  I don’t forget the names of editors I worked with briefly as a literary agent.  Back then Emily was an e/… Read full post »

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JUNE 23, 2012 6:47PM

Traveling Sisterhood

            Esther Freud’s novel, Hideous Kinky, is a semi-autobiographical novel of two sisters traveling with their hippy mother through 1960’s Morocco.  Freud is the daughter of the famous figurative painter, Lucian Freud, and the granddaughter o/… Read full post »

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APRIL 16, 2012 8:16PM

The Tree of Life

            The minute I heard that Andras Jones had his book Accidental Initiations published, I was magnetized and couldn’t resist the pull.  It arrived in the mail, and I dropped what I was reading to dive right in.  It is strange and kind of wond/… Read full post »

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MARCH 28, 2012 10:53PM

Disney Princess Nightmare

            Imagine you are living in a universe where everything is pink, every girl is a princess, and men are vague figures on the periphery, only appearing when a girl needs saving.  This to me sounds like a nightmare, and yet little girls are taught that t/… Read full post »

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MARCH 13, 2012 9:46PM

The Man Trap

     Bert Parks - Miss America M.C. from 1955 to 1979

    In Alix Kates Shulman’s 1972 novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, Sasha fights against the traps of being a woman.  As a child, the boy’s are pure enemies.  She is attacked, held down and pantsed so the boys can stare at her vagina/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 14, 2012 7:18PM

What Kind of Girl Are You?

Growing up, I never really talked to any boys until I slept with one.  And by that time, they were no longer really boys - especially since I was twenty-one and I gravitated to older men.

            In my senior year of college, there was/… Read full post »

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JANUARY 26, 2012 7:05PM

The Little Death

               The first thing I noticed when I picked up my used copy of Platform by Michel Houellebecq, were the bits of jizz on the edges, making the pages stick together.  Not surprising, given the amount of orgy scenes. 

Houellebecq’s… Read full post »

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JANUARY 17, 2012 2:25PM

Portrait of an Addict


            For the first time in twelve years, I am sober now for the last five months.  I am happier and more productive than I have ever been. Read full post »

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JANUARY 9, 2012 6:41PM

Layers of Time and Existence

   It’s always strange when the topic of one book I read leads right into the next.  Jeanette Winterson’s novel, Sexing the Cherry surprised me in many ways.  To begin with, I never got around to reading the back cover, so on the basis of the title I expected an/… Read full post »

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JANUARY 2, 2012 5:29PM

Why I Stopped Believing in God


      After my sister was born, my mom was told she couldn’t have any more kids.  Six years later, I was her miracle.  She always told me I wouldn’t/… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 21, 2011 8:20PM

Norman Mailer's Combustible Ego


          I have read about Norman Mailer’s exploits for years in magazines and books. He is remembered as the womanizer, the misogynist, the disturber of the peace, the brilliant man.  He was hated and loved simultaneously.  He stabbed one/… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 16, 2011 7:15PM

How We Perceive Nudity


            In my evolution of what I like to call “Gypsy Jobs” my latest addition is working as a model for the art school up the hill.  I have always had a fascination with Bohemian Paris, artists and their muses, Kiki de Montparnass/… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 9:51PM

Death of a Dutiful Daughter


            In Simone de Beauvoir’s book, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, she parallels her adolescence with that of her best friend Zaza,/… Read full post »