A story about a man paying someone to take his virginity sounds like your typical high school sex romp, but The Sessions is the furthest thing from that.     On the surface, the film is about Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes), a man who hires a sex surrogate, Cheryl Cohen Greene (Helen Hunt), to help him lose his virginity. He does so not because he’s just unlucky with women, but because he contracted polio when he was six and has to ... Read More
There have been many responses to the highly offensive (and incorrect) essay by Christopher Hitchens called “Why Women Aren’t Funny” that ran in Vanity Fair in 2007, and this oral history is the most comprehensive. We Killed chronicles the rise of female comedians ranging from the days of Mary Tyler Moore, up to the present successes of Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig. Some highlights from the earlier years include behind-the-scenes dirt about the ... Read More
  I have been following Dame Darcy's career for several years, ever since we met on a book and music tour with Lisa Crystal Carver. Dame Darcy has been writing and illustrating a hilariously mischievous and zany comic book series called Meat Cake since those wonder years, in addition to writing music; making films, videos, dolls and crafts; performing sea shanties on a banjo while dressed as a mermaid; producing shows; painting murals; hanging out with ... Read More
Jumping seamlessly from style to style and interweaving elements from garage rock, ’60s girl groups, and cabaret, the music of Austin-based duo Agent Ribbons is hard to classify. On Let Them Talk, the band takes a lighter turn than on its past two full-lengths and embraces the whimsical side of its twisted-fairytale style. Opener “Family Haircut” begins with ethereal “oohs” sung over ominous drums, but soon enough, the pace picks up ... Read More
Musical maverick Amanda Palmer opens up about Scientology, stripping, and going solo Amanda Palmer is so impossibly busy that the week I meet her, she has a show every night and a photoshoot almost every day. Her iCal is Beyoncé-level packed, but that’s just the way she likes it. After a nasty split from Roadrunner Records in 2010, the 36-year-old singer/songwriter/pianist is now putting out her own music and loving her newfound creative freedom. ... Read More
Literature about oppression and social injustice usually sounds more interesting than it reads—and it doesn’t help that self-righteous activists make themselves redundant through repetition. Thankfully, in The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues, famed activist Angela Y. Davis proves that it’s still possible to find a new, refreshing way to discuss race, gender, class, and sexuality. In this heartfelt and on-point examination through ... Read More
Actress Aubrey Plaza’s naturally deadpan personality is so entertaining, the role of April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation was based entirely on her dry wit and trademark sullen stare. Here, the up-and-coming Hollywood hotshot opens up about funny women, famous feminists, and facing death “What’s my cover line gonna say?” Aubrey Plaza asks as we walk down a sun-drenched Los Angeles street after a leisurely weekday brunch. “Wait, ... Read More
Our Oct/Nov issue is on newsstands today! Cover girl Aubrey Plaza proves why Parks and Rec is the funniest show on TV Musical powerhouses Paloma Faith and Amanda Palmer turn October into Rocktober Sizzling sci-fi scene stealer Matt Smith is the hottest Doctor Who ever Hollywood legend Penny Marshall tells all in her new memoir Real talk from advice columnist Roseanne Barr Your essential guide to Brooklyn Six pages of mouth-watering Pie ... Read More
Plastering your nose with a blackhead-removing strip and then looking at the gunk that comes out of your face is one of life’s most beautiful and disgusting pleasures. But who wants to spend money on what’s essentially sticky paper? Here’s how to make your own strips. Combine one tablespoon of unflavored gelatin with one to two tablespoons of milk. Microwave for about 10 seconds until the mixture becomes liquid, then stir and smear on your ... Read More
To celebrate the release of Lavender Diamond's new record Incorruptible Heart, check out BUST's interview with Becky Stark, the lady behind the music! By Hilary Hughes When I meet up with Becky Stark (aka Lavender Diamond) at the Trails Café in Los Angeles' Griffith Park, it's a matter of minutes before she's effusing her thoughts on everything from the Mayans to the redefinition of femininity to "space ballet." After we pick up coffee and score a spot at a ... Read More
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