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Black History Month ends today, but you really should be reading books by black writers of the past year-round. And you can add this one to your to-read list: Whatever Happened To Interracial Love?, a short story collection by Kathleen Collins that I recently read and loved. Collins was a black woman writer, playwright, and filmmaker working in the 1970s and '80s. She is best known for her 1982 film Losing Ground, with which she became the first black woman to direct a feature-length film in the...
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Mary Bowser is the greatest Civil War spy you never heard of. And her story is finally being told in Enigma Alberti and Tony Cliff’s new beginner's chapter book Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring. Mary’s story is marked by her intelligence and alleged photographic memory. Bowser was a black woman and was just a teenager at the time she began work for the Union. According to Civil War record resources, Bowser was born Mary Jane and freed from slavery by Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew, whose mother had owned Bowser’s family....
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Writer Kassi Underwood’s debut memoir May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion follows her on a road trip across the United States as she takes part in healing ceremonies after having an abortion at nineteen. Graceful in its example of how one can turn a painful experience into a moment of inclusive activism, the book is now inspiring a new grassroots movement around open conversations about abortion. Underwood took some time to talk to BUST about the experience of writing the book,...
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As you might already know, yesterday, video clips of Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos defending pedophilia went viral. Although Yiannopoulos has built his career on directing hate speech towards women, people of color, trans people, Muslim people, Jewish people, and pretty much everyone else who’s not a cis white man, this seems to have been the final straw. In response to the video clips, the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) dropped him as a speaker, and Simon & Schuster canceled his $250,000 book deal. But don’t start applauding Simon...
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  DC’s new miniseries Supergirl Being Super is available now and it’s awesome! By Caldecott Honor-winning and Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and Eisner Award-nominated artist Joëlle Jones, the story follows Kara Danvers, who seems like your typical highschool girl... but most definitely isn’t. Along with her two best friends, Dolly and Jen, Kara does her best to navigate being 16 while hiding a secret. Kara was found by her parents in a mysterious pod left in a corn field. And that’s all Kara knows about her past....
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In each issue of BUST, Amber Tamblyn reviews a book of poetry. From our December/January 2016 issue, here's her review of "The Book Of Goodbyes" by Jillian Weise: If you haven’t read The Book of Goodbyes (BOA Editions) by Jillian Weise, get thee to a slinger of literature, STAT. The theme of this gloriously sassy and direct collection is strength — inward and outward, metaphysical and metaphorical. There’s no victimization in Weise’s writing, only observational wit about the crippled world that surrounds her. In “Café Loop,”...
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A war on foreign soil. Dashing heroes in uniform. Plucky heroines who keep the home fires burning. Sound familiar? It should. The very things that lend richness to romances set in Regency-era England are also the backbone of the 1940s romance novel. Yes, I know. 1940s America lacks that particular gentility of manners that we love in the Regency romance. Also missing are the complex social rules, the titled lords and ladies, and the amusing turns of phrase (“I say!” and “To the devil with...
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Need something to read this winter? We're bringing you all the book reviews from BUST's December/January issue — featuring Margaret Atwood's latest, the true story behind the movie Hidden Figures, and our Lit-Pick, The Crunk Feminist Collective. Enjoy! Hag-SeedBy Margaret Atwood(Penguin Random House/Hogarth) The fourth installment in the Hogarth Shakespeare project, Hag-Seed is a magical reinterpretation of The Tempest by Margaret Atwood, who successfully combines the preternatural with realism in a work much lighter than her famous Handmaid’s Tale. Felix, the Prospero of this retelling, has spent years in hiding,...
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Denise Duhamel is a feminist poet known for her work including Blowout, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Here, poet and writer Julie Marie Wade interviews Duhamel about her new book of poetry, Scald. Your new book Scald is arranged as a triptych, with each panel of poems dedicated to one of three significant, and also necessarily controversial, feminist figures of the twentieth century — Shulamith Firestone (1945-2012), Andrea Dworkin (1946-2005), and Mary Daly (1928-2010). Please tell us how the idea for Scald began...
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Things I will love until my dying day: Hillary Clinton, personal essays, personal essays written by Hillary Clinton... My day just got a whole lot brighter with the announcement that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be releasing a book of essays later this year. The essays will tell stories from her life (plus reflections for the future) based around a collection of her favorite quotes, according to an announcement by Simon & Schuster. The stories will include, the company was sure to note, “experiences in the 2016...
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