A comprehensive list from the Persephone Magazine Staff.
Part of the series Semiotics and Popular Culture, The History of the Kiss! focuses on the romantic kiss and its role in the advent of a truly “popular” culture. It’s aimed at students of cultural studies, but all it takes to enjoy this is a minimum of interest in social history and pop culture.
What amazing wonders did ladyblogland discover this week?
There’s been a lot of buzz in the past year or so about the “new adult” genre. Seems like it’s still finding its legs. From what I can gather, the characters are a little older than those in young adult. There’s often some sort of college setting. Definitely more sex.
One of the biggest flubs of my life will forever be displayed proudly on my equivalent of our mantle. For my two year anniversary, I had put together a booklet of wedding photos, poems and quotes to commemorate our whirlwind elopement. I was very careful to remember the date, displayed for all to see smack […]
Q. I’m happily engaged to a wonderful man. But lately I just haven’t been feeling the romance, which I enjoy and miss. I think I’m pretty realistic in my expectations, and I know that all relationships go through lulls, so I’m not worried about us as a couple. I just feel the need for a […]
Guys. Guys. Guess what?! Last month, I got to have lunch with my very favorite romance writer!
Spring always gets me in the mood for romance, but I often have a hard time finding romantic novels that feel smart, funny, and well-plotted. (I’m bored to death with Janet Evanovich’s series, and Sophie Kinsella’s books make me cringe.) I like some of Jennifer Crusie’s novels (Faking It, Agnes and the Hitman), most of […]
There are many downsides to being a critic. Like when you write a theater review that has people accusing you of being a soulless hipster AND a Starbucks-swilling millenial. Thanks, Internet! But you know what I like about my part-time gig?
Lauren Dane comforts me. When I’m stressed (which is often) or tired (ditto), I turn to Dane’s books. I think it’s a combination of factors: a) she was one of the first romance/erotica authors I got into (after buying Coming Undone at a Barnes & Noble on my lunch break), b) her dialogue and descriptions have […]
When Chicago winter rears its ugly, black icy, snow swirly head, all I want to do is stay inside and read books. I don’t want to work. I don’t want to go out. I don’t want to get the flu, but that happened last week. But you know the great thing about the flu (after […]
I know, I know, this is the year where a million reviewers say, “Don’t read Fifty Shades of Grey, read this!” I’d like to think that it’s because that novel’s popularity is only exceeded by its awfulness, not to mention the number of people who hate-read it. But seriously, if you want lots of sex […]
There are many reasons why I love my husband. He is kind, funny, generous, and always great to be around. For the most part, he always puts others before himself (although there are some exceptions to that one). No matter how I’m feeling, he can usually make me feel if not 100% better, at least […]
For Joel”¦ I had a pretty shite weekend. I broke my toe and spent a goodly amount of time in bed, pain meds made my tummy sour so I couldn’t eat the soup my honey concocted for me, and I was too drowsy to even enjoy a full episode of Downton Abbey on DVD. The weekend was […]
Do you like ghosts? Do you like hot romance? Excellent!