Chemo Files Episode 7: Persephone

Debbie Galant | December 29, 2015 | Podcasts
Understanding the Greek myth about winter and spring, darkness and light

Bernini’s statue, The Rape of Proserpina (Persephone)
While we’re on winter hiatus we’ll be regularly posting episodes from this compelling podcast on breast cancer, as well as those from our October conference NJ Spotlight on Cities.

It’s that time of year again, when darkness squeezes the living daylights out of us. And if you’re going through chemo, and need a nap now and then in the afternoon, it can feel like midnight 23 hours a day.

In Episode 7 of The Chemo Files: Persephone, we call on Montclair State University classics scholar Ellen Bakalian to explain the myth of Persephone, the ancient Greeks’ explanation for winter — and spring.

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And we wonder whether we should be fighting darkness — working on some glittering opus — or succumbing to the quest for comfort. Which for some reason, this year, is watching Friday Night Lights, a show about small-town Texas football, with knitting needles constantly in hand.