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  Dear sir, I'd like to start by thanking you. I did appreciate the brisk efficiency with which you mugged me as I approached my front door this past weekend. Granted, I know your window of time was small since there was plenty of foot traffic on my block that evening. It was so bustling that as I walked, I let myself be distracted by the sight of a rabbit and a rat running alongside each other in the alley near my house.

BUST cover girl Tavi Gevinson is one step closer to world domination. Her Rookie Road Trip just ended on June 28, and Gevinson already has a new project in the works. America’s favorite rookie is about to try her hand at acting with a role that almost sounds tailor-made for her. Fabulous writer/director Nicole Holofcener is helming the currently untitled film, which will also star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener. Gevinson will play Chloe, a girl who grows up much faster than her peers because she never received a lot of attention from her parents.

Director Craig Zobel’s newest film, “Compliance," explores why humans are so likely to do what they’re told, especially if they've got an authority figure calling the shots. Based on true events, the film takes place at a fictional fast food restaurant, ChickWich. Its manager (played by Ann Dowd) receives a call from a man identifying himself as a police officer, who claims that one of the restaurant's employees (played by Dreama Walker) stole money from a customer. The man on the phone proceeds to give the manager instructions for interrogating her young employee.

  These days, eccentric ice cream flavors are as popular as Phish Food, but San Francisco ice creamery Humphry Slocombe was one of the originators. Now you can make their kooky cones yourself–40 types to be exact. The book’s got classics like Tahitian vanilla and malted milk chocolate, but also has recipes for salted licorice and balsamic caramel, most of which, if using an ice cream maker, are easy to whip up (sans-machine instructions are also included). I made strawberry (decent) and Vietnamese coffee (delicious!).

  The Dirty Projectors aren’t known for musical simplicity, but on the band’s sixth album Swing Lo Magellan, it takes a stab at stripped-down soul and R&B, mixed with the sprawling orchestral arrangements, handclaps, and neo doo-wop flourishes they love. “About to Die” sounds like frontman David Longstreth’s attempt at a drive-in classic, and single “Gun Has No Trigger” loads up on the “oohs” and “ahhs.

  While most of us are in the midst of taking full advantage of the lazy days of summer, 16-year-old Amelia Roskin-Frazee has been hard at work for LGBT teens. As the founder and president of the Make It Safe Project, she has managed to create an indispensable resource for gay and questioning students across the country. Citing her own school library’s total lack of resources for LGBT students, Roskin-Frazee founded the organization in November 2011 to provide schools and homeless shelters with fiction and nonfiction LGBT-themed titles.

In addition to the hellish summer heat we’ve been subjected to as of late, here’s another reason that’ll have you frantically counting down the days until Fall: Dita Von Teese, the unofficial queen of all things retro, burlesque and vintage, will be unveiling her very own clothing line. Vintage fashionistas, rejoice! The performer/fierce fashion icon currently has a fragrance, cosmetics, and a lingerie line, but all three are woefully not yet available for purchase in the U.S.

Fast fashion won’t just be hanging up on the racks in your favorite cheap retail store anymore—its availability will soon extend to your home, thanks to H&M. Just last Thursday, WWD reported that H&M Home is set to hit the U.S. in early 2013. The home line will offer collections of linens, decorative storage, and various knick-knacks for your bedroom, bathroom, and living room. According to Refinery29, “the prices are slightly more expensive than Ikea, but the designs are a lot less college-dorm room and a lot more ‘my first nice apartment.

I recently had the opportunity to interview the awesome Nathaniel Russell for zingmagazine's online zingchat series, which features fascinating interviews with a variety of different, talented artists. Check out mine, below! Although Indianapolis-based artist Nathaniel Russell acknowledges that we can turn to dust at any moment, let’s hope it doesn’t happen to him anytime soon.  His pieces—created in a variety of different media including sculpture, painting, drawing, and printmaking—manage to access the rawness and honesty of being human.

Thought you were over things that go bump in the night? Think again. Director Nick Murphy’s film, The Awakening, had me clutching my poor, unsuspecting friend’s shoulder and involuntarily (but loudly) exclaiming obscenities in the movie theatre. Set in 1921 England after the loss and grief of WWI, the film follows ghost hunter and skeptic Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) as she takes on her most difficult case yet.
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