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Have you heard? The Banana Stand from Arrested Development has sprung to life and popped up in a few lucky cities. Our own N.Y.C. is a stop on the Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand World Tour, and if you’re buy-curious about those bananas, I can tell you all about ‘em. This Monday, the Banana Stand was perched in front of the Rockefeller Centre in the middle of Manhattan. The line was up the block and around the corner, spanning two solid blocks around 6th Avenue and...
Any music fan worth her salt has a well-worn copy of the Breeders' Last Splash on her shelf. It defies classification--not quite punk, not quite riot grrrl--but it is, without question, iconic. Packed with delightfully off-kilter noise pop gems, it's an all-time classic of alternative rock. Even the notoriously picky taste arbiters at Pitchfork agree--it's ranked (a shockingly low) 64 on their list of Top 100 Albums of the 1990s. For the 20th anniversary of the LP's release, the Breeders have reunited the original Last Splash lineup for...
  Alida Nugent, of The Frenemy blog fame, has brought her witty snark to the literary world with this debut. The book—a collection of short essays on 20-something life—has fine writing and some genuinely funny lines, but I was initially put off by the subject matter. Nugent spends a lot of time bragging about failed attempts at maturity, seems to revel in her emotional and financial instability, and spends too many pages discussing how best to drink in front of your parents—all with a self-awareness that seems...
  Are you considering updating your birth control method? If you have even once thought about the intrauterine device (IUD) but don’t have all the facts, look no further. We're here to help you with honest feedback about having an IUD. Two BUSTies have IUDs – I have the Mirena, and Kelly has the Paragard. We will be covering each in sordid detail to help you make the right choice.   Mirena: The Mirena brand is a soft, flexible plastic device (kinda shaped like a crucifix!) that releases a...
I never really connected with Star Trek as a kid. I grew up with a Luke Skywalker action figure firmly gripped in one chubby hand and Darth Vader hectoring him from the other. The schism between the two sci-fi camps, Wars vs Trek, has been joked about forever. For me, the dashing heroism, the witty (to an eight-year-old) banter and sense of adventure in the Star Wars films made the stilted pseudo-science committee-meeting blather of Trek seem like a roomful of nerds being nerdy just...
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