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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.


DECEMBER 16, 2012 11:21PM

Where You Can Find Me


I miss the OS community, and unless things change here, I will not be returning to the site anytime soon.  I do hope that OS survives, but I'm too frustrated in dealing with pages that won't load, and hardly any new posts out there to enjoy.

 For now I am… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2012 4:50PM

Clits Up!

A year ago I went to Susie Bright’s reading for her memoir, Big Sex Little Death.  She signed my copy “Lauren, Clits up!  Susie Bright.”  She told some interesting stories/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2012 7:52PM

Being A Woman Artist

““You don’t really want to be a poet.  First of all, if you’re a woman, you have to be three times as good as any of the men.  Secondly, you have to fuck everyone.  And thirdly, you have to be dead.” – a male poet, in conversation (Jong, 43)”… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2012 3:23PM

The Birth Of Frankenstein

            I had a dream the other night, that I was one of three siblings.  One sibling had stripped our father of his skin to see how we are made.  He was laid out on a gurney, and we looked at the red layers of muscle, studying/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2012 1:56AM

My Life As An Art Model

You may remember that I wrote a post a while back about making my living as an Art Model.  I’ve been modeling now for the past eighteen months, and I actually receive more work than I can handle.  It’s strange that all of my previous jobs gave me anxiety, but for/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2012 6:19PM

The Scent of the Circus


I just finished reading My Apprenticeships, by Colette - the French novelist and performer born in 1873, most famous for the novel Gigi.  My love for the writing of Colette has always felt like a guilty pleasure – like intensely dark chocolate, a r/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 9:07PM

Breaking My Erotic Silence


After watching the excellent film The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, I had no choice but to pick up Dalma Heyn’s book, The Erotic Silence of the American Wife. 

In the film, Pippa marries a wealthy… Read full post »

AUGUST 27, 2012 5:05PM

How Belief In God Limits Us


The question we all have as human beings is “what lies beyond our limit?”  We just watched the film Another Earth where humans are faced with the perplexing realization that there is another earth mirroring our own, even another self completely synchronized with us.

In reality… Read full post »

AUGUST 12, 2012 3:49PM

Culture Over Color


Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is so rich with lyrical prose that I had to read the first page three times before moving on to the next.  She flips back and forth effortlessly between a deep southern African American dialect into literary narration.  Read full post »

            It’s hard to remember the first six years of your life, but according to Oliver James in They F*** You Up – How To Survive Family Life, those first years and how our parents relate to us, define us more than genes.

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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 »

JUNE 12, 2012 8:55PM

Write To Live

            I am feeling vulnerable.  The pitch for my memoir is about to be sent out to editors, and I have spent the last ten years pouring everything I have into this book.  It has evolved and grown with time, and thanks to rejections of past versions,/… Read full post »

JUNE 3, 2012 9:02PM

Life Is Never What You Expect

            I once had a professor who said, “You live one life, but you have many lives within it.”  The same can be said for a book of short stories.  They are all unique, but each story is connected, and wouldn’t be complete without th/… Read full post »

MAY 12, 2012 1:00PM

The Fat Is On The Fire


Two months ago, I bought a necklace with a black metal pendant cut in the image of Hunter S. Thompson.  Ever since then, his spirit has been following me around, reminding me to “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”  More even, than his words on the paper,/… 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 »

APRIL 8, 2012 6:47PM

Elite Syncopation

In E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel Ragtime we are taken into the vulnerabilities and motivations behind such historical figures as Houdini, J.P. Morgan, Henry Ford, and Emma Goldman.  We are witness to the making of revolutionaries and criminals.  War is on the horizon – the gr/… 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 »

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 2:10PM

The Supporting Role

            I once had a friend who was a famous child star.  I will protect her identity out of respect and call her Amy.  We both worked at a restaurant, and every now and then, super fans would appear to gush and beg her to sign an/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2012 6:44PM

European Sampler Platter

            In my junior year of college, I had the opportunity to tour Western Europe in a student group.  We traveled through Rome, Florence, Venice, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Normandy, Paris, and London for three weeks, and I chose to extend my stay for two/… 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 »

FEBRUARY 7, 2012 9:22PM

The Illusions of Love

            In Gustave Flaubert’s Sentimental Education, set in 19th Century France, Frederic is obsessed with Madame Arnoux, the wife of his friend.  It takes him years to gain her confidence and she eventually grows to love him too, but refuses to give/… Read full post »

JANUARY 30, 2012 7:56PM

God Against Nature


A picture was posted on Facebook, “Twins in the Womb – Hey Brother!  Do you think there is life after birth?  Do you believe in Mom? – Nah!  I’m an/… 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 »