Author Archives: Julie Goldberg

About Julie Goldberg

Julie Goldberg has lived a life entirely too entangled with books. She is a school librarian, former English teacher, compulsive reader, occasional jazz singer and the author of Lily in the Light of Halfmoon. You can email her at and follow her on Twitter @juliegoldberg.

And then some history happened, and here we are.

Perfect Whole has been private for the past seven months because I was running for New York State Senate. Longtime readers of this blog (all four of them!) know that nothing on here could be construed as scandalous, nor do … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

The Bulldozer

If someone drives a bulldozer through your house, getting rid of the bulldozer doesn’t rebuild your home. You’d need a lot of work, time, money, expert help, patience, and determination. You might not have enough. You would need to remember … Continue reading

Posted in Criticism, politics | Leave a comment

Be A Happy Warrior

After an hour, I gave up trying to call Senator Chuck Schumer. His D.C. number played its monotonous busy signal to my wide-eyed young Android, who had never heard such quaint music, and the voicemail boxes at three of his … Continue reading

Posted in politics | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

The Perils of Prophecy

On Tuesday, November 4, 2008, I wrote some predictions about the Presidency of Barack Obama, folded them, stapled them shut, and put them in my desk drawer at work. On December 1, 2010, I didn’t open it, but added a … Continue reading

Posted in Criticism, politics | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments


​In the Afterlife is a palace for artists, scientists, and visionaries who died penniless, unrecognized, or forgotten, but whose genius has been vindicated by history. Van Gogh, Dickinson, Melville, Tesla, Lovelace, Poe, and many others toast each other for all … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“The Question Is”

Here’s another short story that takes place in the A&P two Tuesdays before Thanksgiving a little before 6pm. Jennifer Lerner, PhD., asks herself 66 questions about competition, marriage, academia, children, sex, careers, the soul, and cake mix. Here’s an excerpt: … Continue reading

Posted in Motherhood, Writing | Leave a comment


Survivalism is a collection of absurd delusions. You have your own solar panels, your own water supply, and your own food growing and preserved on your own property? Someone bigger, stronger, or better armed can steal them, enslave you, or … Continue reading

Posted in Criticism | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

“The Schools”

Lately, I’ve been writing essays in my head instead of on paper, which has made Perfect Whole far too quiet, and my head far too noisy. But I’m popping in to share some news. The inaugural issue of River, River, a … Continue reading

Posted in Writing | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

“How Kind of You to Come”

In what may be the first and last sort-of ghost story of my career, I present “How Kind of You to Come,” a short story I wrote for Neil Fein’s Magnificent Nose, a tale of Halloween, art, grief, obsessive love, … Continue reading

Posted in Writing | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Creating a Character Template

Dr. Johnson called remarriage “the triumph of hope over experience.” The same might be said of writing a second novel before selling the first. Yet here I stand at the altar again, veiled, clutching a bouquet, arrayed in the sleek second-wedding ivory suit, tuning … Continue reading

Posted in Writing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments