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There is an underlying faction of workers subtly managing the day-to-day business of shops across New York City: cats. If you've shopped around locally owned stores in New York, chances are you've encountered one of these shop cats, watching over the store like a king or queen over their kingdom, or interacting with their fans (regular customers). In Shop Cats of New York, author Tamar Arslanian and photographer Andrew Marttila sought to capture the hard-working felines of popular New York spots like the Astoria Hotel,...
“I knewe these things wil seem mervelous to many men, that Cats should understand and speak, have a governour among themselves, and be obedient to their Lawes...” (Beware the Cat by William Baldwin, 1570.) In the year 1553, during the reign of Edward VI, printer’s assistant William Baldwin penned the first English novel ever written: Beware the Cat. Before this time, all works of fiction in English of short-story length or longer were not original texts. They were translations or adaptations from other languages, such as...
You’re probably familiar with Humans of New York, the blog featuring portraits of New Yorkers along with their often heartbreaking stories. Inspired by HONY, real-life millennials Connor Toole and Alec MacDonald launched a satire version, “Millennials Of New York,” a little over a year ago, posting photos of real millennials alongside fictional, satirical quotes that feed into Baby Boomers’ rants about the youths and their selfies and their Snapchats and their emojis. As another real-life millennial (who, as BUST’s digital editorial director, gets to see plenty...
In just over two months, America will be governed by President Donald Trump. And less than two weeks after the election, it already feels like we’re living in a dystopia — with white supremacists appointed to Trump’s staff, talk of Muslim internment camps, and Trump’s camp saying he never said things that there is actual video evidence of him saying. When Hulu announced that its adaptation of the Handmaid’s Tale was coming in 2017, people responded, “Yeah, we know.” And that’s not all — before November...

THE BUST GUIDE Happy November! Now is the perfect time to visit a bookstore or library and stock up on some new books. Here are the books featured in our October/November 2016 issue, including The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, The Mothers by Brit Bennett, and Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett.  The Wonder: A NovelBy Emma Donoghue(Little, Brown and Co.)BUST Rating: 5/5 *STAFF PICK* In the latest novel by Emma Donoghue—author of the 2010 bestseller Room—Lib, a nurse trained under Florence Nightingale, thinks she’s been brought to Ireland to care...

Instagram is a place for sharing pictures of what we love—for many of us, that means uploading endless photos of our furry companions. Social media allows anyone with a smartphone to share their beloved dog or cat with the world (and it also seems to have created a digital competition over whose pet is the cutest.) Despite the fact, however, that every individual believes that their pooch is the best, the internet doesn’t have to be dog eat dog world. Back in 2011, human friends Ahmed...
via Emma Watson/Instagram Has there ever been a more perfect casting choice than Emma Watson as Hermione Granger? Our favorite teenage-witch-turned-feminist-activist recently revealed that she’s been leaving copies of Maya Angelou’s memoir Mom & Me & Mom — the upcoming book in her feminist book club — on the London Tube. According to the Guardian, Emma partnered with Books On The Underground, a program that brings new and used books to subway riders, to leave 100 books at various locations in London. She also left notes reading,...
Image via Instagram  Black girl geeks rejoice! A new variant cover for “Invincible Iron Man #1” will feature an image of Ariell Johnson, the first ever black woman comics store owner, enjoying a coffee break in her Philly shop, Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse, with character RiRi Williams, the 15-year-old black girl MIT-enrolled genius and Tony Stark successor. The cover is a step in the right direction for Marvel, whose representation issues have been well-documented. Johnson, now 33, had been an avid superhero fan since she discovered Storm from the X-Men...

If you thought your favorite fairy tale couldn't get any better, just add cats. Cat comic artist Yasmine Surovec celebrates both with her new book, Cat Vs. Human Fairy Tails. In it, the Little Mermaid becomes human so she can spend time with cats on land, and Sleeping Beauty finally wakes up when a purring cat climbs on her. We're bringing you two excerpts below: Rapunzel and The Ugly Kitten. Enjoy!     More from BUST These Suffragette Cats Are EVERYTHING The Criminal Case Of Victorian Cat Ladies This Is The Feminist Coloring Book...
  If you didn’t know, we are 100% on board with the adult coloring book craze, and it seems like there is no end to the creative coloring books that are coming out. One of our newest favorites is Color Me Jane: A Jane Austen Adult Coloring Book by Jacqui Oakley.   Color Me Jane contains drawings of iconic Austen scenes and characters for Janeites to lovingly color in — Elizabeth and Darcy dancing; Elizabeth getting her dress covered in mud as she heads to see Jane at...