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  Dearest BUSTies, I have a huge confession to make: The Real Housewives franchise comprises all of my favorite TV shows. Usually, people think of the shows as dated because they portray these women as vapid and totally clueless (granted, they often behave that way), but the series does chronicle shifts in how housewives as a social group are perceived. These women have done countless things to raise awareness and funds for fighting domestic violence, and the show captures some of their most intimate struggles as...
  I have loved Amy Sedaris ever since I read The Book of Liz, a play of hers in which a nun with a perspiration problem finds herself by making cheese balls. The veteran BUST cover girl fascinates me, from her perky humor to her real cultural impact (she supports animal rights and has outspokenly defended her choice not to have kids). Even in her Downy laundry detergent commercial, she is hilarious and complex, dressing like a 1950s housewife to do laundry with the assistance her male...
BUST and Superchief co-curated group art show, LADIES REPRESENT!, and it was a super successful showcase of work by 20 AMAZING lady artists, including legendary graffiti artist CLAW Money, who painted a mural outside the gallery! BUST's first art show ran until August 18th, and showed the work of other awesome artists, including Beth Hoeckel, Dame Darcy, E.V. Day, Caroline Hwang, Veronica Ibarra, Alexis Mabry, Laura McMillian, Kembra Pfahler, Martha Rich, Beatrice Schleyer, Lauren Silberman, Heather Vernon, Jaimie Warren, Amy Watanabe, Esther Pearl Watson, Martynka Wawrzyniak, Sarah Wilmer,...
Memoirs from children of celebrities and politicians abound, but the offspring of our country’s leading intellectuals have been less effusive. That gap has started to close, however, thanks to Najla Said’s Looking for Palestine, a memoir from the daughter of the late Edward Said, the outspoken advocate for Palestine who single-handedly founded post-colonial studies. Said grew up with her Palestinian father and Lebanese mother on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and as she reveals in her memoir (originally...
As soon as Natasha Khan, or as everyone knows her, Bat for Lashes, took the stage at Webster Hall last Friday night, decked out in a multi-patterned flared jumpsuit, you knew you were in for a treat. As the band stood slightly behind her, Natasha had all the space she needed to sing, sway, and dance. She slinked across the stage, her microphone in hand, belting her loud and powerful voice to the packed shimmying room. At some point, someone threw a lily on the...