Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder

Before The Bell Jar, before she became known as the “demon-plagued artist,” Sylvia Plath spent one summer in New York City working on Mademoiselle’s annual college issue. Elizabeth Winder’s new book Pain, Parties, Work explores that internship, Plath’s relationship with her fellow interns, her brief romances, and how the time set the stage for the rest of […]


Classic Woman-Centric Movie Review: “Pillow Talk”

Happy Friday, Persephoneers! This week’s classic woman-centric movie pick is “Pillow Talk,” made in 1959, starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson, and Tony Randall. This film is supposed to be a romantic comedy, but I found it to be anything but. It’s really a commentary on the very warped 1950s ideas concerning sex and dating.