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
With bacon jam appearing on restaurant menus and artisan pickles piled high at farmer’s markets, it’s clear that canning has made a comeback. It’s a great way to enjoy your favorite fresh produce all year long; it’ll stay shelf-stable and botulism-free, as long as you follow the directions carefully. If you’ve wanted to try “putting up”—the old-timey term for preserving at home—but didn’t know where to start, kick things off with water-bath ... Read More
  Daniel Barnz directs this narrative sister to the school-reform doc Waiting for Superman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as two Pittsburgh mothers who want to fix their kids’ failing elementary school. Gyllenhaal plays an Erin Brockovich-like character with tattoos, heels, and an “I’m not an activist, I’m just a mom working two jobs” mentality. Her daughter is dyslexic, but neither her child’s tenured ... 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

Fall Preview: Music

BY BUST Magazine in Music

Fall means pretty leaves, delicious pumpkin-flavored food, and great new music! This is what we'll be blasting from our iPods all season. Cat Power Sun On sale now (Matador) Cult favorite and bona fide indie-rock dream woman Chan Marshall, better known as Cat Power, hasn’t released an album of new material since 2006’s The Greatest. Hardly anything Marshall’s done has sounded optimistic, but if the title Sun is any indication, her ninth LP might just ... Read More

Fall Preview: Movies

BY BUST Magazine in Movies

We're excited to break out the popcorn and watch these lady-friendly fall movies — coming to a theater near you!   Meet the Fokkens August 8 (NYC) (Kino Lorber) Written and directed by Gabrielle Provaas and Rob Schröder Louise and Martine Fokkens are identical twins, right down to their rosy cheeks and chosen vocation. These 69-year-old women have been working in Amsterdam’s red-light district as prostitutes for more than 50 years, and this ... Read More
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