Author Archive for alirachelpearl

Ali Rachel Pearl is a writer, teacher, and organizer living and working primarily in Los Angeles, but she can also regularly be found wandering the Mojave Desert.

Last week I attended my third ever &Now conference. Past conferences have been held in Boulder and San Diego [also Paris and Buffalo, but I didn’t attend those]. This year’s conference was at Cal Arts in Valencia, about 30 minutes from LA, which made me realize how perfect an art school is as an &Now conference space. The walls of…

Around two and a half years into my English PhD program this past fall, I started reading for field exams. Each PhD program runs their exams differently. For us, we have two sets of exams: Fields and Quals. For fields, we choose three areas of study for which we devise a list of 20-30 texts per field. My fields are…

I’ve spent the last 2.5 years in Los Angeles rolling steadily through my PhD coursework. I’ve had a million adventures that usually involved the beach, eating, dancing, walking, hiking, fancy hotels, comedy shows, concerts, parties, desert trips, etc etc etc. I never know how long I’ll really be able to live here, and I want to know I did everything.…

Tonight I walked over soggy white roses rotting on asphalt between two large trucks that were unloading for a wedding. As I was trying to get by them, one of the workers said, just find your way through there and motioned for me to walk between the trucks. He rested his hand lightly on my shoulder. It was dark. I couldn’t…

Paris on the Platte was too-big pitchers of too-watered down chai. Clove cigarettes and smoking them inside before smoking inside was made illegal. Smoking them outside in the cold made better by the company of either of the two R’s I loved as a teenager. For 10 years, I’ve been a rebel. All those drippy, wet teenage emotions, Paris held…