Thirsty for a Fresh Take on All Things True Blood?

WELCOME! Thirsty for a fresh take on all things True Blood? Pull up a virtual barstool at the Pierced Pomegranate Tavern where sisters Rachel and Rebecca are serving up juicy feminist analysis with a twist and opening a vein of thoughtful sociocultural dialogue on HBO's hit series.

Like the epic literary salons of eras past - theaters for conversation and debate which were, incidentally, started and run by women; where the spirited debate about the issues of the day ran as copiously as the actual spirits did - but updated for the digital age, the Pierced Pomegranate Tavern is a fun forum for exploring questions ripe for discourse about the human condition & today's most crucial social issues through the medium of True Blood.

Your salonnières are not peddling liquor per se, but they are offering up new and alternative ideas informed by such diverse influences as pop culture, art, music, cultural history, Goddess studies, transformative theory, literature and poetry, and archaeomythology, filtered through the sieve of their own lived experiences as feminist women of a particular age, background, and culture.

This is a space where you - patrons and passersby alike - can view and engage with these perspectives through the lens of True Blood and contribute your own thoughts. So, no matter if you're a Truebie or a more casual viewer of True Blood, or your drink of choice is a pomegranate martini - one of Rachel's favorite cocktails to drink and Rebecca's to mix - an herbal tea, a frothy double mocha latte, or a can of Fresca (wink, wink) you're invited to join the conversation on the show's complexities in a way that can spark transformation.

Hopefully you'll find something to sink your teeth...err...straw, into! PLEASE ENJOY RESPONSIBLY ;-)


The Pierced Pomegranate Tavern is dedicated to exploring social issues and more through the lens of True Blood. As such, you may encounter:

related to the often provocative and adult themes presented by the show

If you choose to enter and participate in this virtual salon, please be prepared to do so in a thoughtful, respectful, and mature fashion with the above in mind. Click here to check out our comment policy. Thanks!


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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Guest Bartending at the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference to Explore Maryann & Sam's S2 Contemporization/Reversal of Primal Motifs - the Divine Female & Sacred Bull; the Goddess-Queen & her Year King consort

We've lined up another "guest bartending" gig for 2011!
I (Rachel) will be delivering a paper on True Blood at the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference in Philadelphia this November.

Returning to the Science Fiction and Fantasy track that was my home base at the PCA/ACA conference in San Antonio this past April, I'll be addressing the Season 2 story arc that principally involved the maenad Maryann Forrester & our favorite shifter, Sam Merlotte.    

Here's the paper's title: Echoes of Goddess Culture’s Reversal and Subversion in HBO’s True Blood                 

Here's its 150 word abstract: This visual talk opens a vein on the contemporary human condition by exploring how HBO’s wildly entertaining series True Blood taps into ancient archetypes and mythologies  still pulsing in our modern psyches, flowing through―and informing―today’s cultural currents. When viewed through the lens of Goddess scholarship, the maenad Maryann Forrester’s Season 2 characterization and story arc can be seen as contemporizing the primal motifs of the Divine Female and Sacred Bull; the Goddess-Queen and her Year King consort. True Blood’s reversal of these antecedents’ key elements echoes the subversion of Goddess mythology five millennia ago as peaceful, egalitarian society was supplanted by patriarchy. Drawing upon 800,000 years of art and myth and amplifying leading voices in feminist thought, archaeomythology, and women's studies not often heard in mainstream discourse we will trace parallels between True Blood and this buried history and explore the socio-cultural implications of Goddess culture’s decline on our society.

Since Philly is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from my home in NY, I look forward to having a nice little entourage attend the conference - if you live nearby or just feel like visiting the City of Brotherly Love, why don't you stop by the Pierced Pomegranate Tavern when we set up shop there this fall!

~ Rachel           

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