The Caress of Steel

It’s 2 a.m. again. I am fighting my never-ending battle with insomnia. Comedy is my first line of defense: Patton Oswalt and Aziz Ansari comedy albums help me through the night. At some point during my 2 a.m. restlessness, I click through to my friend’s blog. The words hit so close to home that my eyes turn into spigots. (TW: Suicidal thoughts, self harm)  Read More The Caress of Steel

Two Questions about The West Wing: “Night Five” and “Hartsfield Landing”

In these episodes of season three, the Bartlet administration balances running the country with campaigning for a second term as primaries across the country kick off. The president consults a psychologist due to his insomnia, Donna gets a job offer, and a member of the press corps goes missing in the Congo, and a whole lot more happens in these two episodes. Read More Two Questions about The West Wing: “Night Five” and “Hartsfield Landing”

Ask the Editors: What Should I Do When…

Hello, Persephoneers. As some of you may know, the editorial staff of Persephone keeps in touch regularly through large (and often quite humorous) e-mail chains. We discuss everything, from P-Mag issues and current events to personal demons and issues with the people we love (read: spouses/significant others and our parents, normally). Since we’re a batch of ten (ten! Can you believe we’re big enough to have ten people running this thing?!) very smart ladies from plenty of different backgrounds, we often come to each other for advice about, well, just about everything. Read More Ask the Editors: What Should I Do When…