New Show Recap: Downton Abbey, Episode 5×08

Guess what? We’re on episode seven of Downton Abbey, which means we’re in the home stretch! And we have all of the staples of a primetime soap opera in this episode: a wedding that may or may not occur, opposition to a marriage, an announcement from a killjoy, a mother bitchier than Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest, a realization of a child’s parentage based on its looks, a family member leaving, and Anna starring in Bates Part Deux: The Homicidal Housewife. Read More New Show Recap: Downton Abbey, Episode 5×08

Classic Woman-centric Movie Review: A Star Is Born (1937)

Can love survive in Hollywood as one star’s career is on the rise and the other’s is fading? In the 1937 film A Star Is Born, just such a thing occurs, and our heroine and hero try their best to keep their love intact in the ruthless world of golden-age Hollywood. The film stars Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, and Andy Devine. William A. Wellman directed the film and also collaborated with Robert Carson, Dorothy Parker, and Alan Campbell. The film won a 1937 Academy Award for Best Writing and a special award for Best Color Photography. Read More Classic Woman-centric Movie Review: A Star Is Born (1937)

New Show Recap: Downton Abbey, Episode 5×07

This week’s Downton Abbey had it all: a breakup, a makeup, wedding bells for one couple, the possible death knell of another, a secret being let out, and of course, what would an extra special episode be without someone calling out a racist, classist asshole and the message that reading is fundamental? And we bid a fond farewell to one of the mainstays of the Crawley family. Read More New Show Recap: Downton Abbey, Episode 5×07

Book Review: Lost Voices, by Sarah Porter

With all of the YA paranormal romances out there, it’s difficult to find something that deals with subjects other than “Who will be my true love?” Lost Voices, by Sarah Porter, is one of those books that tells a different story: that of a young girl who transforms into a mermaid, and of how she must not only learn how to navigate her way through the complicated dynamics of her new-found tribe, but who also must come to terms with what she now is and learn how to control the new abilities that come with it. Read More Book Review: Lost Voices, by Sarah Porter

New Show Recap: Downton Abbey, Episode 5×06

To start, Lady Edith receives a telegram while the family is at breakfast talking about their plans for the day, and her editor is coming to visit her. Cora seems to be the only person who feels bad for Edith. Of course, Lady Mary wins the contest for snark: “What did she think? That he was living in a tree?” Of course, Mary, being Edith’s sister, does feel sorry for her, though she’s not sure what Michael Gregson saw in Edith. Read More New Show Recap: Downton Abbey, Episode 5×06

Persephone Playlist: Ten Songs Getting Me Through This Week

My life has been a little crazy lately, and I feel like I can’t get a minute to catch my breath. Luckily, here’s a list of ten songs keeping me sane this week! Hope these help you keep a level head, too, as you try to make it to next weekend! Read More Persephone Playlist: Ten Songs Getting Me Through This Week