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Everybody needs a sister-- at least if the results of a new study from the University of Ulster in Ireland hold true. Researchers at the school recently asked 571 people ages 17 to 25 about their lives and discovered that the ones who grew up with sisters tend to be happier and more balanced, according to the BBC . People with brothers, on the other hand, had more 'distress.' 'Sisters appear to encourage more open communication and cohesion in families,' said professor and head researcher Tony Cassidy. 'However, brothers seemed to have the alternative effect.
This recession hasn't deemed fair to many of our beloved boutiques; keeping their heads above water to be true to their dreams and their following, only to be held down by these ugly times. Not cute. It's the sweet, quaint shops that flood our senses with endless walls of creative one-of-a-kinds and vintage finds that lift our spirits when we walk away with something special. Speaking of a boutique as such, Sweet Tater in NYC will be closing shop on April 19th.
I can't put a finger on what is so appealing about JT (certainly not his roles on SATC: a douchebag 20-something and a premature ejaculator?!?), but we've got mad love for him here at BUST HQ. And wearing these adorable glasses? Come on!! Now you can pay homage to our former cover boy by getting a pair of these 'Theroux' frames for yourself. They're exact replicas of ones he wore in Mulholland Dr. Cuuuuuuute.
Friday Featured Artists is back with . . . Martina Fugazzotto. Martina Fugazzotto makes sex-ed comics an intimate nostalgia art-form. She specializes in autobiographical stories of innocence and experience. Her website features over a dozen of these comics in full. They explore subjects like summer-camp love, lost virginity and her pre-occupation with all things vaginal. However, Ms Fugazzotto is now-one trick pony. Her early 90's dayglow/cartoon aesthetic works nicely in her editorial work as well. She has a definite foot in the fine arts as well.
Some of the peeps I heart most use Twitter to interact with their devoted audiences. One such Twitterer who has my heart a-tweepin' is Neil Gaiman, BUST's most recent Boy Du Jour. One of his fans created the most excellent image you see here, in the spirit of the equally adorbs Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling. I can't find who did it since I found it on Neil's Twitter a week or two ago, and that Neil sure does love to Tweet. (Sandman bless him!) If it's yours, speak up in the comments! Note that this pic is from this issue of BUST, and he's wearing an incredibly righteous Amanda Palmer tee-shirt.
This is a video of a massive instillation by the incredible female street artist SWOON and comrade Tennessee Jane Watson. Both women visited Juarez Mexico, the site of the infamous Juarez Femicide . Since 1993, about 400 women have been killed, all were young, most were raped. There are still more women that have been abducted or are missing. These crimes have never been solved and continue to this day. The subject of this piece is Silvia Elena, a 17 year old girl who was one of the first Juarez women to be killed.  Unfortunately I was out of town while this piece was being shown.
One more state has OK'd same sex marriage. Iowa's Supreme Court ruled that a law from 1998 saying that marriage could only be between a man and a woman was unconstitutional. The ruling goes into effect in 21 days. Vermont and New Hampshire both have gay marriage acts in process, but governors of both states oppose them. -Liza (graphic via www.locallender.
Then you've most likely been subjected to those outrageously annoying 'Weekender' NY Times ads. There is simply no hiding from them - they are as ubiquitous in this city as rats. My BF and I are particularly incensed by the Liz Phair-like 'So, the deal is...'girl. Now, finally, some folks have made a spot-on parody of it, and I can't stop watching it. It's like a cool summer shower, washing away the greasy buildup of all these years of watching the irritating original.
There are few things in life that I enjoy more than cute shoes, none of which important enough to relate here. So imagine my delight when I discovered this party tonight for the launch for the book Beth Levine Shoes by Helene Verin. Widely hailed as the 'First Lady of American Shoe Design', Beth worked under her husbands label to create some of the most innovative and popular shoes of the 60' and 70's, including Nancy Sinatra's boots that walked all over you in her hit single These Boots Are Made for Walking.
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