Happy Friday, everyone. Bit of a short roundup this week because I am currently on a whirlwind NW book tour/vacation and am poaching some Wi-Fi. I mean… I’m nicely borrowing it for a few minutes. So let’s get right to it.
All hail the purple wedding. Continue reading
Was Robin Hood real? Most evidence (it’s lack) suggests no. He seemed real enough to medieval people. And stories about Robin may have been based on three real medieval outlaws: Hereward the Wake, Eustace the Monk, and Fulk Fitzwarin.
Let’s say, hypothetically, if you live in a state where it’s not illegal to consume marijuana products, you’ve got a little bit extra in your bag, an hour or two with an oven, and a taste for something intoxicating and sweet. Continue reading
A Thousand and One Nights gets a genderswap in Linda Lafferty’s historical novel The Drowning Guard. Set against the intrigue and glittering façade of the Ottoman Empire, it tells the story of Esma Sultan, sister of Sultan Mahmoud II, and one of the most powerful women of his reign. Continue reading
Let’s just go ahead and agree: Our culture is sneakily patriarchal. Some of the things we say and do (and that others say and do) are such a part of our every day life, that we look back afterwards and go, “Huh. So that was some subtext.” Other types we just want to yell, “Shut up. Shut up. Shut up.” Here are some of those times. Continue reading
I’ve been thinking a lot about self-help books lately. With my current situation of transitioning out of grad school and into the working world (at least for a year or two until I decide if I want to pursue a Ph.D. or not), I’ve contemplated frequently about my skill set and abilities. Like with most transitions, the path is not easy and having anxiety hasn’t been much help either. So I’ve found myself turning to the world of self-help books. Continue reading
When I say music is my drug of choice, I’m not making an offhand statement. I don’t know how it is for other people, but music truly is a drug for me. The effects it can have are as real and intense as if I ate some speed or smoked a big ass blueberry blunt. All I have to do is jam the ear buds as deep as they’ll go and find that fine line between loud enough and ouch-that-hurts.
As we are all aware, the trans* population is fairly small. This has obviously made it hard for us to unite and gain ground as a community over the years. With the Internet, trans* people have found it easier to talk and get to know one another. It has also facilitated our activism, and 2014 seems to be the year of the trans*person. We’ve seen Janet Mock, Laura Jane Grace and Laverne Cox everywhere. For me, this has been awesome. Continue reading
Greetings, Persephoneers! Your regular News in Europe Unicorn, Karo, is still on vacation, and so you have me again. Let us take a look at the newsy bits that caught my interest this week, shall we?
Sometimes, dogs are just weird. You get all geared up to do something you know they’ll love, and they’re completely freaked out. As much as they love novelty, they also have strong ideas about what’s acceptable, and sometimes it makes sense only to them. Continue reading
Making friends as an adult can be tricky. It doesn’t have to be! Continue reading
Our love of Lifetime Movies is well-documented here on Persephone. One of the big losses of my new living abroad lifestyle was the loss of these cheesy, melodramatic, overwrought TV movies, which were a weekend staple at my house. It was to my delight that I discovered a virtual slew of old-school, based-on-a-true-story LMN movies secreted away in the depths of Amazon Prime Instant Viewing. And I was going to let my subscription lapse! Not anymore, bucko. They’ve got my money for another year. Continue reading
In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in . . . Oh, sorry. This is Bones. Every time the victim’s name in this episode was pronounced oh-so-carefully as Made-LINE, I got distracted looking for nuns and French school girls.