Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler

Sometimes there are those books that just stay with you long after you have read them. They were so riveting that they haunt you still. Even though I just finished Octavia E. Butler’s novel Kindred, I still find myself thinking about it in depth. It is just that kind of book. Read More Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler

Happy Blackface Season!

This Saturday marked the arrival of Sinterklaas in The Netherlands. Sinterklaas, a holiday celebrated on December 5th, has long been The Netherlands’ biggest gift-giving holiday. In the weeks leading up to it, the figure of Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas, historically associated with the Bishop of Myra) arrives in the country and, in the nighttime, visits people’s homes to leave little presents and special seasonal treats. Sint, however, does not travel alone: he has a large entourage of Zwarte Pieten (Black Peters), characters dressed in colorful 19th century costumes and (wait for it) blackface. Read More Happy Blackface Season!

The U.S. Civil War, Slavery, and Erasing History

When Dances With Wolves came out, my dad gave the family “Indian names.” We all got them, but mine was the only one that stuck: “Much To Say.” This particular article started as a response to some tumblr posts and got longer and longer and longer, at which point I thought, “Fuck it, I’ll expound to my heart’s content and foist it upon Persephone Magazine!” Read More The U.S. Civil War, Slavery, and Erasing History