Interview: Wendy McClure, Author, “The Wilder Life”

In 2009, I met Wendy McClure at a panel for Chicago authors. I loved her snarky but funny battle with Weight Watchers in I’m Not the New Me, and was intrigued when she mentioned writing a book about the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I never wore calico or lived underground, but the Little House book series had a profound effect on me and countless other young readers in the 1970s and 80s. As the paperback release of The Wilder Life approaches, I spoke with Wendy about pig bladder balloons, butter churning at book signings, and who in “Laura World” may have been a feminist.

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Deus ex MacIntosh: My Friends are Jerks

Welcome to our newest feature on Persephone Magazine, Deus ex MacIntosh, where I use TV to solve your problems.  Today’s question was culled from an email conversation among the editors. Please note, take the following advice with both a grain of salt and with your tongue in your cheek. I’m typically funnier than I am helpful. Continue reading Deus ex MacIntosh: My Friends are Jerks

The Secret, Wonderful World Of Fanfic

There’s a topic which I’ve seen popping up here and there in our comments recently, and that topic is fanfic.  I believe fanfic is an under-appreciated art form, and I think we should change all of that right here and now.  It’s time for those of us that love to curl up with our computer mice and a saucy story about Booth and Bones actually doing it to stand up and proudly declare our love. Continue reading The Secret, Wonderful World Of Fanfic

Gen. X Celebrities I Love and Loathe

We will always have polarizing celebrities with us, but it seems the 90s gifted us with an extra batch of kooky, weird misfits. Before I begin gleefully ripping on people, my usual disclaimer: I’m Gen. Y, I didn’t experience most of these people/their work at the height of their fame, and also sometimes I’m kind of bitchy. Alright, let’s go! Continue reading Gen. X Celebrities I Love and Loathe

Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy Season1, Episode 3, “˜The Witch’

The great thing about Buffy is that there are no real throwaway episodes.  The one shots ““ like this week’s episode, “˜The Witch’ ““ almost always end up tying back into the overarching plots and themes the show tries to explore. They’re referenced, the characters return, or we find out one tiny bit of information, like a Troll King’s Hammer, becomes vitally important later on. Continue reading Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy Season1, Episode 3, “˜The Witch’

30 years later: I’d Still Carry the Lunchbox

I grew up in the seventies, so I was introduced to the Michael Landon/ Melissa Gilbert/Alison Arngrim version of Little House on the Prairie. Watching it was a ritual in my house growing up, and I loved it to pieces. I loved it so much that my first lunch box was a Little House on the Prairie Lunchbox (my brother got a Muppet Show one, we were very 1979). The Ingalls family was there on my lunchbox with their log cabin in the background. Continue reading 30 years later: I’d Still Carry the Lunchbox

“Indians in the House”: Re-Reading My Favorite Chapter from Little House

While the Little House on The Prairie television show was a few years before my time (I only saw re-runs late at night or in random doctor’s lobbies), my mother bought me the complete boxed set of Little House books, which I read over and over again. My favorite books were On the Banks of Plum Creek and Little House on the Prairie, and by far my favorite excerpt, the one I returned to over and over again, was the chapter wherein a duo of Native Americans (well, “Indians”) show up at the Ingalls’ house while Pa is away. Continue reading “Indians in the House”: Re-Reading My Favorite Chapter from Little House