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Both Debbie and I had a great time on our mini - west coast book tour for The BUST D.I.Y. Guide to Life, it’s always a pleasure to meet BUST readers on the road! Here are a few highlights from the trip. 1st stop Seattle Debbie took the train from NY, and I flew in to Seattle and got to see some old friends, including Dave, Annabel, Heather, Emily, Mark, Steve, Kelly and (fab advertiser) Sandy Glaze of Sin In Linen.

To me, Christmas is a lot like senior prom-- it's overhyped, always underdelivers, and sometimes features crying in the bathroom (depending on the level of dysfunctionality of your family). The dopest holiday is clearly Thanksgiving, which includes sanctioned binge-eating and frequent naps. Plus, elastic-waist pants are not only permitted, but often encouraged. One of the primary reasons I look forward to the King of All Holidays is my Grandma Gigi's Creamed Onions.

Nothing contorts the brain into more circus-worthy shapes than the decision making process that accompanies initiating a break up. This is something that a band called Peggy Sue well knows.  Peggy Sue (formally Peggy Sue and the Pirates and Peggy Sue and the Pictures) is a double lady fronted indie folk trio from Brighton, England.  Their new album Acrobat was released about a month ago.  They played a show at the Knitting Factory last week.

Wednesday, November 16th, 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm, don’t miss “MEET ME AT THE RACE RIOT: People of the Color in Zines from 1990- Today,” a zine/community event! This event will be held at Barnard College and is co-organized with People of Color Zine Project and Barnard Zine Library. This event will feature poc zinesters with diverse backgrounds in zine culture and activism, and all ages are welcome! Definitely check it out!   Here are some of the Confirmed readers and details: MIMI THI NGUYEN (EVOLUTION OF A RACE RIOT)  http://mimithinguyen.com/home.

Love Fashion Week but only know about the big four: London, New York, Milan, and Paris? Vice.com showcases fashion weeks around the globe--in places like Colombia and Islamabad (Pakistan)--and follows full-figured women in New York as they work it on the runway, all in the new video series Fashion Week Internationale. Host Charlet Duboc travels around the globe investigating the most fabulous fashion in the world--fashion that's outside the mainstream but still fantastic in its own way.

Joan Didion, author and journalist, grew up a military brat around the time of World War II. She went to college at Berkeley, and after graduation wrote a telling account of “flower children” in the book Slouching Towards Bethlehem. In the book, one of these hippies predicts that she'll be faced with “double death” in her life. At the time, no one could have imagined that this dark line would, in fact, prove true. Didion’s husband, John Dunne, died of a heart attack at the dinner table on December 30, 2003, at the time their daughter, Quintana Roo, was very ill.

I'm loving the new single entitled Madeline by Lissy Trullie. While I'll admit I was skeptical of her first release back in 2009 (another former model makes the scene?) She has completely won me over, especially here with her deep, Nico-ish inflections and the "Sunday Morning" guitar and sombre tambourine taps. Looking forward to hearing her new album, produced by John Hill (Santigold, M.I.A., Shakira) and David Sitek (TV On the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars) out next March on Downtown Records.

  We all know the old-fashioned trope that tends to pervade romantic comedies about heterosexual couples- the guy is the pursuer and the woman is the pursued.  We also (hopefully) know that this is a taught discourse of society, and not hardwired.  Of course women should be pursuing whom and what they want as well.

As Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar opens with Leonardo DiCaprio's narration, I gulp. Uh oh, Leo with an accent? This can't be good. But boy oh boy did he prove me wrong. Growing Pains star no more, DiCaprio nailed it this time, proving his absolute brilliance as an actor. Man, I feel old. While in the 30's and 40's J. Edgar Hoover, first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, may have appeared a badass figure to young boys looking for a hero to emulate on their cereal boxes, Hoover was indeed much more of a complicated soul and the film strips him down to the bone.

Mark Pawson is an interesting chap. There aren’t many who can lay claim to being a 'semi-retired international postal art superstar' and 'photocopier fetishist' and count Björk as a fan! (image borrowed from www.mpawson.demon.co.uk) Despite never attending art school, this one-man production line of printed ephemera based art has already racked up collaborations with BUST favourites Tatty Devine and Levis Jeans as well as having his books in the Tate Gallery Library and the MOMA New York Library collections.
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