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Marriage: Why I Changed My Last Name

Marriage: Why I Changed My Last Name

BY DEVON FITZGERALD RALSTON 

In October of 2011, I got married. To be technical about it, I had a civil union ceremony, after being with my partner for 7 years. Many couples I know, will have several ceremonies, several dates which to celebrate some form of legitimizing their relationship legally. Now that many states are striking down bans on gay marriage and others are passing laws to allow…

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Weekly Tarot With Tif: Don’t Be Afraid To Shine

Weekly Tarot With Tif: Don’t Be Afraid To Shine

Weekly Tarot for 08/31/2014-09/06/2014

The last weekly tarot advised: “…the Seven of Pentacles makes a reversed appearance. A gentleman stands in front of a network of seven pentacles making notations on the progress, analyzing his way forward. In this reversed position, he seems to see very clearly what that way forward is and wastes no time in getting shit done.”

Weekly Tarot, The Sun and…

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Love + Lust: Taking Charge Of A Boring Sex Life

Love + Lust: Taking Charge Of A Boring Sex Life

A little bit of this can go a long way.

A little bit of this can go a long way.

So I’ve got a new guy, and the sex is honestly a bore. But,  in every other capacity he is amazing. How should I explain this to him with consideration  to his feelings ?

—Tess

Hi, Tess!

Thanks for writing to me! The most difficult part of writing a response to you will be reining myself in so I don’t end up writing pages and pages, because I have so many…

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Gossip As a Means of Bonding

Gossip As a Means of Bonding

I came to a month long NYU summer program this year with high academic, emotional and social expectations. I was determined to meet interesting, mature, smart people, make friends, and learn a lot.

If you’ve ever attended a sleepover or been in any social situation, you probably know just as well as I do that gossip is something many people bond over. Even innocently discussing a crush, an enemy,…

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The ‘Where Are You From’ Dilemma: New York Edition

The ‘Where Are You From’ Dilemma: New York Edition

When I was born, my parents thought I was switched at birth. Despite being born to Mediterranean parents in New York City, I looked so Chinese that people would often stop my mother on the street and ask if my father was also Chinese, or if I was adopted. As I grew older, my features became more ambiguous; even now, depending how I dress on a particular day, people still make all sorts of wild…

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This art is by @myhungryears - he creates insane collages, like the cover of our editor @lisamariebasile’s poetry collection APOCRYPHAL. Check it out!

This art is by @myhungryears - he creates insane collages, like the cover of our editor @lisamariebasile’s poetry collection APOCRYPHAL. Check it out!

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Our workshops have a new site! Learn poetry and personal essay online with Luna Luna! Our low-cost workshops emphasize reading contemporary work + generating authentic and craft-focused pieces. #poetry #publishing #writing #online #classes #learning #essay

Our workshops have a new site! Learn poetry and personal essay online with Luna Luna! Our low-cost workshops emphasize reading contemporary work + generating authentic and craft-focused pieces. #poetry #publishing #writing #online #classes #learning #essay

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Happy afternoon Lunas!

Happy afternoon Lunas!

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We have partnered with The Fem! The Fem is a combo literary magazine and safe space, people with disabilities, people of color, women of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, trans people and all members of oppressed groups are welcome.

We have partnered with The Fem! The Fem is a combo literary magazine and safe space, people with disabilities, people of color, women of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, trans people and all members of oppressed groups are welcome.

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SEPTEMBER 25! We’re reading at Mellow Pages in Brooklyn@for our SUMMER DEATH salon. #poetry #nyc #brooklyn #summer #witchy

SEPTEMBER 25! We’re reading at Mellow Pages in Brooklyn@for our SUMMER DEATH salon. #poetry #nyc #brooklyn #summer #witchy

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Luna Luna Magazine is a supporter of The Eckleburg Workshops! If you’re looking for innovative online writing courses, this is an excellent option. Luna Luna’s editor Lisa Marie Basile is teaching Poetry I, but The Eckleburg Workshops also offer a wide spectrum of courses, including literary matchmaking, the short story, hybrid work, fairy tale, magic realism and writing dynamic female characters. 
From The Eckleburg Workshops:

The Eckleburg Workshops were founded in 2013 as an affordable and accessible educational arm of The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review. All courses run for four weeks. Our mission is to support and give priority to individual voices in innovative, traditional or mix of aesthetics. We offer monthly courses in fictionnonfictionpoetry and intermedia.

We offer an alternative to the long and costly experience of the MA, MFA and PhD programs. Some of our students have never attended writing programs and several have attended and graduated from MA, MFA and PhD programs.

Our instructors are all published in and have formal coursework completed in their course focuses. They come to you with formal training, and they promise to put their expertise to work in support of your narrative strengths, while helping you identify areas of narrative need. Instructors have attended and graduated with creative writing and teaching degrees from Johns HopkinsBrownHarvardColumbiaNew SchoolNew York UniversitySan Diego State UniversityLoyola University Chicago and University of Oregon. They live in Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Ankara and Denver. They have taught at Johns HopkinsIowa’s International Writing ProgramFloridaWashingtonTexasNew York UniversityBennington,University of Illinois at Chicago and more.

Several of them are award-winning and with books out. They have been interviewed and published in The Paris ReviewThe New YorkerMcSweeney’sThe RumpusThe Nervous BreakdownThe New York Times, Salonand more. What they all share is an eye for innovative storytelling with solid narrative structure as well as a focus on personal voice. Learn more about our individual instructors.

You can read more on our FAQs page. View the full and current Catalog of Upcoming Courses.

See trailers for the courses!

The Eckleburg Workshops: Fiction, Poetry, Fairy Tales, Hybrid Luna Luna Magazine is a supporter of The Eckleburg Workshops! If you’re looking for innovative online writing courses, this is an excellent option.
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Move Over- Here Come the Girls Gamers!

Move Over- Here Come the Girls Gamers!

134949448_1e6c2c05d6_zThe gaming industry has long been the preserve of the male gender. For decades, the vast majority of titles were decidedly aimed at men; warzones, all manner of sports, racing; the whole sector has traditionally been geared in such a way that only men have benefited from the innovative form of entertainment. The days of the male gamer are fast ending, however; today 48 percent of gamers are…

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[Interview] Angel White Eyes of Indigene Studios: Native Filmmaker, Artist, and Activist

[Interview] Angel White Eyes of Indigene Studios: Native Filmmaker, Artist, and Activist

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to spend a year working as a volunteer teaching aid at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. While I was there, I helped with the high school drama club, and was incredibly lucky to meet two young people who are now going on to do great things! Willi White and Angel White Eyes both recently graduated from their…

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As someone who spent the better (if you can call it that) part of their adolescence with an all black wardrobe and an affinity for Sisters of Mercy, neons scare a bit of the shit out of me. Though I know they’re all the rage these days, it’s taken me awhile to warm up to bright colors. Especially because I’m not the type to really switch my style up for Summer. My winter wardrobe is basically my summer wardrobe with tights and sweaters, and the thought of parting with my dark, broody nail polish collection just because it was warm outside didn’t thrill me.

Slowly I got more comfortable with the idea of adding a fluorescent green or purple as an accent color. When added to black or neutral colors it adds a subtle pop that keeps my inner goth from getting rattled. While I inched towards comfort with bright jewelry or make up, nail polish was still a hard sell. Something about it screamed ” middle aged retiree in Florida.”

I lived down there for a few months with my dad, and it did some irreparable damage. I saw an electric pink manicure and was suddenly inundated with flashbacks of a leather faced lady assuring me I was simply too pale to be on the beach.

When my favorite nail polish company, Natalie Dee’s Super Black Lacquers, came out with a new neon collection I decided to face my fears. And I’m so glad I did! Though I eyed the blazing bottles warily when they arrived in the mail, they have become some of my best friends. I also have real friends, in case you were doubting that. One of them was even kind enough to test these babies out with me for this article! Unlike me, my best non-nail polish friend adores loud colors. She’s a shinier, happier person than I am and we both agreed that this polish is pretty fucking great.

There’s really something for everyone. No half assed hot pinks here, these guys really commit. They are opaque and almost day-glow. The most saturated neon nail colors I’ve seen.

The collection includes:

Rinse and Repeat: A white base, with transparent magenta glitters.

Screamer: The brightest pink I have ever seen. Staring directly at it will hurt your eyes.

Flash Bastard: Safety cone orange. When I was in high school my friends and I would steal safety cones and put them all over people’s lawns. Sometimes we would block our friend’s doors with them and then call them to come outside. They had no idea why their doors wouldn’t open! It was madness! Utter madness! I… I just feel the need to confess that to someone.

Yellow Jacket: This is that color that I consider chartreuse green but other people seem to think is yellow. Natalie obviously thinks it’s yellow, and who am I to argue with her? It also contains transparent black glitter. This one might be my favorite!

Freaky: This is a color we can all probably agree is green. It’s got a bit of purple glitter in there as well.

Wet: Electric blue. I’m really digging these porno names by the way.

…and finally.

Purple: Pretty self explanatory. This is somehow bright and dark at the same time. It’s kind of freaking my eyeballs out, but in a good way.

I am currently sporting Wet on my nails and Yellow Jacket on my toes, and not a day has gone by that I haven’t been asked what I’m wearing. Which is cool with me because I like attention, er, I mean I love a chance to spread the word of Super Black Lacquers across the land. I’m doing the Lord’s work, really. They also come in handy for walking around late at night, one of my favorite hobbies. Who needs reflective bands when you have day-glow nails? And when they find me in a dumpster, they can identify the body more easily.
Kristine Rose also likes attention on Instagram @swansaredead

Neon Love: Super Bright Polish from Super Black Lacquers As someone who spent the better (if you can call it that) part of their adolescence with an all black wardrobe and an affinity for Sisters of Mercy, neons scare a bit of the shit out of me.
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Poems by Pia Aliperti

Poems by Pia Aliperti

FromSOLITUDE MUST SHARE MY SOLITUDE

[line on the wall]

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line on the wall

my mind so prompt so dread

held

to the throat by an iron arm

let me be torn away

a voice     tapped

at the bolt and passed over

sit quietly where I have placed you

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[Rain drew the curtain]

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