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.

A New Year Every Day

I paid more attention than usual this year to people’s New Year’s resolutions and to the obligatory articles in the media about the most common resolutions and how long people keep them. Unsurprisingly, people want to improve their health, financial … Continue reading

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We Don’t Need Books to Free. We Need Them to be Brilliant.

When I’m meeting people for the first time, some of them want to confess: “Bless me, Librarian, for I have sinned. It has been four years since I last read a book.” People tell me this sheepishly (and quite unbidden. … Continue reading

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An Angel Packs a Suitcase

Politicians and business leaders demand that schools prepare students for the future, but the future is notoriously difficult to predict. Which future shall we prepare them for? Star Trek  or The Hunger Games? How can we responsibly prepare students for whatever the … Continue reading

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The Other Julie Goldberg

If you have arrived at Perfect Whole today looking for the Julie Goldberg who wrote the Modern Love essay in the New York Times this week, “A Disaster Scenario, Rewritten,” you have not come to the right place (although this place is … Continue reading

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Lobbing Nerf Rocks

At a workshop I attended recently, Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 series, shared a rule, well-known among screenwriters, that I had never heard before: “Chase your character up a tree and throw rocks at him.” It’s smart advice: … Continue reading

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Improvised Emergency Oil Candles

(Just for a change, a practical post.) Several people asked me about the oil candles I referred to in Perfect Whole, Superstorm Sandy Edition, so I thought I would post some pictures and directions for anyone who also finds herself … Continue reading

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“The Circus of Dreams”

If you love magic, slipstream, history and romance, you’ll probably love Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel, The Night Circus. Here’s an excerpt of my review of it on the Magnificent Nose. Click over to Neil’s place if you’d like to read … Continue reading

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Perfect Whole, Superstorm Sandy Edition

We are grateful to have come through the storm safe and well, with no property damage, though I did not at all like the threatening looks one old, majestic oak was casting in the direction of my dining room. It … Continue reading

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“One Lovely Blog”

The lovely Canadian blogger Fransi Weinstein nominated Perfect Whole for something called the “One Lovely Blog” award. I looked into it, and the award is really more like a magnanimous game than an award, as such. There will be, sadly, … Continue reading

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Neil Fein of  Magnificent Nose is running his third series of flash fiction this week. My contribution, “Unfriended,” is today’s story. Please check it out and let me know what you think. (I’ll bet you didn’t even think I knew … Continue reading

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