The station attendant at the Broadway/Lafayette subway stop is the cutest lady ever (totally blowing up her spot!). The whiteboard in her cubicle displays pertinent train information, but I noticed recently that she also writes inspiring messages and aphorisms that make even a tired, black-hearted, cranky commuting jerkface like me smile. Today, in a rainbow of dry-erase marker, she wrote HAVE A WHIMSICAL WEDNESDAY!  "Whimsy" and the other  "whim" words ... Read More
If you’re in the Northeast this weekend, you should really check out Ladyfest, a 3-day art and music festival featuring workshops, vendors, readings and discussions by feminist organizations and punk legends (Alice Bag!), and over 20 bands. Ladyfest goes down Feb. 3-5 at the YMCA in Cambridge, MA, organized by volunteers with the goal of creating a safe, empowering space for women in the arts.  The very first Ladyfest took place in Olympia, WA in 2000, ... Read More
Okay, so I know that isn't technically a brand-new track (it's been out for a couple of weeks), but Santigold's new song "Big Mouth" is making me all kinds of curious about her forthcoming 2012 album. Santi White, aka Santigold, revealed that the highly-anticipated follow-up to her 2008 debut will be called Master of My Make-Believe; the Brooklyn-based artist told V Magazine, "I want it to be about creating your own reality." If Santigold's reality is anything ... Read More
If you're a vinylphile, you know how tempting those records in the $1 bin can be. The thing that sucks, though, is that they're usually so cheap for a reason: either everybody already has that Engelbert Humperdinck album, or they're in pretty rough shape. I've picked up many a sweet gem only to find that it was almost unlistenable on my turntable.  The only place I want snaps, crackles, and pops is in my cereal, dammit!  Luckily, there is a ... Read More
The Village Voice reports that Kathleen Hanna is the set designer for Wicked Clown Love, an experimental performance piece by theatrical provocateur Neal Medlyn that is "built around the music and culture of hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse, their devoted fan base the Juggalos, and other forms of male bonding and ritual." Yes, you read that correctly. New York venue The Kitchen  says that the piece ...will revolve around Medlyn's dark specter versions of ... Read More
I just walked to Qdoba in the rain. Felicity Aston just skied across Antarctica alone.  Aston, a 33 year-old British explorer, is the first person to make a solo ski trip across the icy continent; her journey began 59 days-- and over 1,000 miles-- ago.  She documented the trip on Twitter and her blog, and just reading her Tweets takes my breath away and makes me want to put another pair of socks on. She mentions sewing in extreme temperatures, crying ... Read More
If the Dowager Countess and I were frenemies in real life, she would probably ask me, "What's an Inter-net?" and to that, I would reply, "It is a place where this happens, THANK GOODNESS."  Downton Abbeyonce is where your Downton Abbey addiction and your Beyonce obsession meet. Brilliant. Downton ... Read More
Flavorwire recently ran a piece on “10 Legendary Bad Boys of Literature,” and, as game as I am for any discussion of Lord Byron’s poetry/incestuous affairs/commitment to culturally-appropriated fashion, I couldn’t help but agree with one commenter that the “bad girls” of literature deserved their due-- and are, in fact, even more compelling than their male counterparts.  Luckily, Flavorwire editor Judy Berman responded to ... Read More
According to a recent New York Times article, young women are going back to school in record numbers, even if it means leaving the work force while they hit the books. The percentage of women aged 16-24 who are enrolled in school now exceeds the percentage of that same demographic who are employed. The important thing to note about that figure is that these jobless women are not looking for work-- they're looking to hone their skills in school so that they can get ... Read More
It's our first day back in the BUST office in over a week--  we took a much-needed break after hustlin' to get our February/March issue ready for y'all, but we're back (did you miss us?), refreshed and ready to kick 2012's ass. I don't usually make New Year's Resolutions, but I definitely set a few goals for the next 12 months, and one of them is to make more art-- weird, wonderful art. And who better to inspire me in all things weird and wonderful than ... Read More
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