Crosspost: The Exhumation of Elizabeth Siddal

Since it’s close to Halloween, I thought I would share this morbid little tidbit about Sir Edward Burne-Jones’s fellow Pre-Raphaelites, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal, and how he had her grave dug up so he could get the book of his poems that he had buried with her. Read More Crosspost: The Exhumation of Elizabeth Siddal

Book Review: A Wounded Name, by Dot Hutchison

Ophelia Castellan has never been normal, no matter how much her father and brother try to make her. When the Headmaster of Elsinore Academy is found dead, Ophelia’s world — and everything she thought she knew — slowly comes crashing down around her. Dot Hutchison’s novel, A Wounded Name, released this past September, is a modernized retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet from Ophelia’s perspective, but the story unfolds not in the kingdom of Denmark, but at Elsinore Academy, where the boys are prepared for college and careers and the girls are trained to be society wives. Read More Book Review: A Wounded Name, by Dot Hutchison

Five Shakespearean Characters Who Ought to Be on Once Upon a Time

I have a lot of TV shows that I like, but there are only a few that I will really make an honest effort to watch, not matter what, and one of them is Once Upon a Time. Even though there are some very cheesy moments in it that would taste good with a box of wine, it’s a decent show. And there are some wonderfully complex characters on there that allow for some major angsty moments. But lately some of the characters are just a little, well, stagnant. I say when in doubt, bring in Shakespeare. The Bard’s plays are just as much a part of our collective consciousness as the tales used in OUATbut some of the characters are just dying to be added. So here are five who I think would have a shot. Read More Five Shakespearean Characters Who Ought to Be on Once Upon a Time

A Selena Open Thread Means One Thing

Erasure.  Tonight, Erasure + ABBA, which equals awesome to the awesome power, or as I like to think of it, awfinity.   Read More A Selena Open Thread Means One Thing

Lunchtime Poll

Today I wore corduroy pants.  As I walked down the hall I had to smile at the “whip-whip” noise they make.  Whenever I hear that sound I am transported back to the 70’s, walking with my dad and wondering why my pants didn’t make cool noises too.  There are lots of little things like that lurking in my brain.  The sound of fingers sliding over guitar strings also makes me think of my dad, kumquats make me think of my high school friend Gary and raspberries make me think of our own dear Ophelia.

What about you?  What never fails to transport you back in time?

Working for the Man

Hi, my name is BaseballChica03, and I work for an elected official. (We’ll call him Bossman.*) We staffers ordinarily have a pretty thankless job, but it seems like this election season more than most brought out extra hate for local, state, and federal employees. I realize that cities and states all over the country are in a budget crunch, and the idea of your tax dollars going to my salary is distasteful to some people. But our jobs are pretty important, and on this Election Day, I’d like to take a few minutes to tell you a little bit about what it is that people like me do for a living. Read More Working for the Man

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

So this week was pretty exciting around these parts.  Between busting out of the old server and all the articles we got up, it’s been a pretty interesting trip.  We’re so glad you came along for the ride!  We’re still making sure all the bits and bobs work correctly after the move, so don’t hesitate to let us know if you find a glitch we haven’t noticed yet.   Read More I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Letter from the Editor

Good morning, or whatever time of the day it happens to be while you’re reading this.   Welcome to the brand new Persephone Magazine!  We’ll be doing our best to bring you fresh content all day, every day, at least once we work out the kinks.   I’m Ophelia Payne, your humble editor,  and I’m actually three people. Read More Letter from the Editor