What do you think of when you hear the word “history”? Memorizing lists of Roman emperors, trying to keep Henry VIII’s wives straight, or just the sheer number of North American battles named after otherwise inconspicuous geographic landmarks? You’re not alone, but you’re also missing out.
Or, “How Katniss Everdeen Climbed Out of Her Book and Ignited a Real-Life Conflict.”
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I sometimes find there’s a lack of fiction written by and about my age range. The YA fiction genre is explosive, but while I enjoy a lot of it, I’m just beyond the age where I actually relate in a personal way to the characters and their stories.
I’m about to write a post that will probably make my copyeditor cringe. After all, she is a copyeditor, and it’s her job to be picky about words. As readers and writers, I’m sure many of you reading this piece will do a little cringing yourselves.
I’m a Whovian. I’m pretty obvious about my love of Doctor Who most of the time, and if you’ve known me long, you also know that the Series 5 episode “Vincent and the Doctor” is among my absolute favorite episodes. It’s just so rich; full of details and layers that make it both a critical piece of the season and a fantastic stand-alone story. If you haven’t seen this episode yet, get on it! Because below you may find spoilers. Read More “Blowing through the Blueness”: Vincent and the Doctor, Depression, and Invisible Monsters
In a disastrous week of calamity (I’m exaggerating because I’m exhausted), my husband and I have just moved from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois to Toronto, Ontario. Really, we should have known when the 14-hour overnight drive with a U-Haul was extremely easy that the rest of the move was going to go painfully awry. Please, please learn from our mistakes (and the lucky things we managed to do right).
I tried for ages to think of a better title for this post than just the title of the book. Sometimes they come to me, and sometimes they don’t. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised about this one though because Jennifer Brown’s Hate List hit really close to home. I knew it would, of course, and it’s spent months in my to-read pile waiting for me to be ready to read it.
We’ve all been buffeted in the past few years with claims that women and men grow out of boys and girls who are “hard-wired” at birth to be boys and girls and men and women that fill stereotypical roles. Based on what I know about the people reading Persephone Magazine, I expect many if not most of you have spent a lifetime fighting that prescriptivism and the expectations that come along with it, so I hope you’ll take heart!