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!


No copyright infringement is intended, all rights to True Blood belong to HBO, credit is ascribed to sites where images appearing here were originally found.

Voice & Format

Sure, Sookie's telepathic, but we're polyphonic [poli‐fon‐ik]; meaning literally ‘many‐voiced’!

Here's a bar-related analogy to give you mental picture of what we mean by this...

...Perhaps you've heard of - or maybe even tried - a layered drink known by any of these charming names: Attitude Adjustment, Black Death, or Swamp Thing? In bartender-speak these are called pousse-cafés; an aesthetically pleasing style of alcoholic cordial prepared by gently adding several liqueurs of different density in order to create a multilayered effect of colored stripes when the drink is viewed from the side.  

So when we say the Pierced Pomegranate Tavern is polyphonic, this is what we mean; like the multilayered pousse-café this forum is made up of diverse layers of voices which, when poured together, form a cohesive whole that is pleasing to the eye as well as to the palate.   

...We'll start with ours - Rachel's and Rebecca's - your salonnières. Since we write this blog together you will hear both of our authorial voices in this space. 

When we opened up shop here one of the things we wanted to do was to bring our ongoing conversations about True Blood into the public sphere; we share a very close sibling relationship and as such the familiar style that typifies our usual exchanges will at times be apparent in our cadence.    

As sisters and best friends we have a lot in common but we're also different in many ways; you'll hear distinctions in our written voices that reflect our respective points of view, habits of mind, influences, and preferred modes of expression. 

Even though posts - at least for now - will be autosigned "Rachel and Rebecca" we will each actually sign off at the bottom of our respective posts so you know who's speaking.

We'll throw different approaches to writing and interacting with readers into the mix too. Sometimes we'll sound conversational, at other times scholarly...we might post a quick missive; an observation, a question, or a prompt to get you thinking - or a longer essay...

...Next, we'll pour in the voices that inform our worldview - from all corners of pop culture to high art; politics to poetry, to the mass media and academia - and spanning the spaces in between. Leading voices in feminist thought, women's studies, and Goddess scholarship not often heard in mainstream discourse will be audible here.   

Then, we'll layer in the voices of True Blood - including those of the characters themselves whose world and lives are fodder for our reflection and analysis as well as those of the critics and commentators who write about the show.

Topping off this heady concoction will be YOUR VOICE without which writing this blog might very well become an irrelevant and egocentric exercise!    


In its obsession with formal logic and rationality, our culture has disproportionately privileged the written word; this means a loss of fruitful contact with an entire wellspring of meaning

Take gifted African indigenous scientist and writer Malidoma Somé's experiences with Western education; he recalls how with his literacy “came with a mind that loved to affirm itself by wielding the sword of analysis” (1998, p.8). One type of knowledge had colonized his thoughts; when his mind failed to fit events into its various rational slots, it was prompt to dismiss them as primitive trickery unworthy of civilized thinking, thus leaving a wide range of experience unexplored.

If you think about it, it's pretty much the same throughout our society - we tend to focus on the head and to ignore the rest of our being. Peace studies scholar Anne Goodman (2002) emphasizes the need for different kinds of processes that tell us more than what we can know rationally since learning does not just involve the intellect; instead it includes every interconnected aspect of our being: the physical, emotional, aesthetic, and spiritual

We can't (and shouldn't) just completely disavow the rational mode, especially in a blog like this that so heavily relies on reading and writing... 

baby out with bath water

...but a good solution for the one-dimensional approach would be to augment and compliment it with other ways of making meaning that are central to self-knowledge and that draw attention to the affective quality and poetry of human experience.

We know that extrarational modes like art and music can speak to us in ways that words can't - they are alternative languages that valorize and help us hook up to multiple ways of knowing, processing, and expressing

That's why this space is designed to be multimodal and multimedia dense. We'll be using images, snatches of poetryquotes, video clips, snippets of music & song lyrics, and more when ordinary prose just won't suffice to express our thoughtsand we encourage you to do the same in your comments!


Goodman, A. (2002). Transformative learning and cultures of peace. In E. V. O’Sullivan, A. Morrell, & M. O’Connor (Eds.), Expanding the boundaries of transformative learning: Essays on theory and praxis (pp. 185-198). New York, NY: Palgrave.

Somé, M. P. (1998). The healing wisdom of Africa: Finding life purpose through nature, ritual, and community. New York, NY: Penguin/Putnam.

1 comment:

  1. Having 'stumbled' upon your salon of aesthetics and culture in search of 'literary libation' that might quench my thirst for intellectual stimulation...I must say that I am so happy to have found you!!! While I must consider myself, as you say, a 'passer-by'...that is to say...not a 'dyed in the blood' "Truebie", I am certain that I will "...pass this way again..." Yours is a refreshing approach to engaging in serious dialogue on topics germaine to an ever growing diverse population within the global community. As a woman, I am drawn to your fresh feminist an intellectually inquisitive individual I can only imagine what depth this forum is going to pursue...bring it on ladies!!! It's about to get very I just ask one question??? What's a gal gotta do to get a drink around here????
    'Til next time...PEACE