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I grew up listening to Peter, Paul, and Mary--my sisters and I belting 'Leaving on a Jet Plane' dramatically in our kitchen on many a rainy afternoon. While an enduring obsession with sixties culture and folk music grew out of this, so did a lifelong admiration for Mary Travers, the magnetic, intense, immensely talented soul of one of the biggest folk acts of all time. Travers passed away yesterday, at 72.
At long last, Diablo Cody's much anticipated horror flick Jennifer's Body is hitting the theaters this weekend, and I have two words for you: See. It. Don't rely on the infamous 'red band' trailer to inform you. It was obviously put together by dudes for other dudes, as were the smattering of negative reviews the film has already gotten by guys complaining that it's not scary enough or not funny enough or whatever. The fact of the matter is, this film is so radically and refreshingly both funny and scary from a female perspective, the boys simply don't know what to do with it.
Making the rounds at the BUST office this morning is this video by the Get 'Em Mamis, a kickass rap duo from Baltimore who deserve some space on your iPod. So stop everything and listen right now -- whatever you're doing can wait till after you've heard the Mamis. In case you've never heard of them before, here's a little tidbit they proudly display on their MySpace page: last year Rolling Stone ranked their song 'Cold Summer' higher than Lil Wayne's 'A Milli' on the Singles of the Year list. Are you skeptical? Don't be ashamed, so were we.
By Tao Lin Melville House Publishing Tao Lin is notorious for being a writer who enjoys a good gimmick. He has delighted in making his fans uncomfortable at book readings by repeating the same word or phrase over and over for six minutes, and for storming Brooklyn with viral marketing campaigns such as plastering any found surface with stickers that simply read, 'Britney Spears.
I think it's funny my hump-day treat is right after a post featuring an almost naked dude (oww oww!).
Ligerbeat Magazine is having the first Ligerbeat Coverdude Contest tomorrow at Happy Endings! This is gonna be bananas! Also, down to the last 30 copies of issue 1 so order now ladies if you haven't beaten off with us yet!   All the details after the jump! 2 for 1 drinks 10-11. Contest sign up closes at 1 and the contest begins at 1:30. Its gonna be like America's Next Top Model sitting on the lap of American Idol. No nudity required...yet.
All news sources are having a field day with the supposed results of a gender test on 18-year-old track and field athlete Caster Semenya. It has many jaws dropping, but I think what is more important is the discussion of gender classifications. Many were suspicious of Semenya because of her masculine build and appearance, and when she dominated an 800-meter race caused enough questions from officials that she underwent gender testing. The tests found that her gender was in fact ambiguous.
As much as I respect and support the men and women in our military, US military policy is sometimes a silly one. For example, it forbids women from serving in military units whose primary object is direct ground combat. Whaaaaat?! I would assume there are some women who join the military thinking they'll be able to serve their country in the exact same way men do. It turns out a group of female support soldiers got around this policy and ended up fighting alongside Marines in the Iraq War.
Have you ever tried tracking what you spend your money on? It seems like every financial planner suggests keeping track of the number of lattes you buy, as well as keeping your receipts so you know exactly where your $$$ is going.
I don't believe in the dumb blonde myth; as far as I'm concerned, whether your head is empty or full (?) doesn't depend on the shade of your mop. For example, check out this genius keyboard approved by 'the American Blonde Association of America'. Aside from being adorable bubblegum pink, this little gadget swaps out totally boring tech-speak keys for labels like 'Oops!' (backspace), 'WARNING! size XXL letters' (caps lock), and 'The Big One: I Need My Space Key' (space bar). The keyboard even notes the 'useless' and 'totally useless' keys, which, duh, nobody ever really uses anyway.
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