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The holiday season has descended upon us, so get some mistletoe and get in the spirit of the season. Mr. Showbiz, aka Murray Hill, is hosting his annual holiday extravaganza at Joe’s Pub this December 15th, 16th, and 17th, and it should be one for the books. The show will feature cocktails, cheesy holiday songs, and “dazzling production numbers that will knock the stockings off the mantle.” With VIP guests such as Bridget Everett, a badass babe burlesque star; The Craigslist Quartet; and Santa Claus...
  Borderline personality disorder, despite entering the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1980 and affecting 1.6% of the population each year, is a condition that is still not very well understood. Much of the medical community agrees that BPD isn’t even a particularly good name for the disorder. Its causes are unclear, but the symptoms include an extreme fear of abandonment, distorted self-image, intense emotional reactions, impulsive behavior, unstable relationships, and self-harm. And for some reason, I gravitated towards two dramatic portrayals of...
Every November, for the past 30 years, AFI Fest takes over Hollywood. With dozens of films that highlight the works of emerging filmmakers, world cinema, retrospectives, and a handful of big budget flicks, AFI Fest is one of the more original festivals around. It also happens to be the only major festival that’s free to the public, which makes sense because it’s put on by the American Film Institute. Opportunity and education are two of its biggest goals. It’s a festival I’ve attended for the...
The annual Victoria's Secret Fashion show, pairing angel wings with bedazzled bras, has not even aired yet, and it is already embroiled in controversy. There’s that thing with Gigi Hadid, and that other thing with Katy Perry, but most importantly, Ashley Graham is here to call out the brand. Graham took to Instagram, posting a picture of herself with elaborate Victoria's Secret runway-inspired angel wings photoshopped in. She captioned it, “Got my wings!” and hashtagged Additional Elle, a size-inclusive lingerie brand with which Graham has a...
  Kate Spencer apologizes if there’s sweat under her armpits as we sit outside an L.A. café to talk about our dead moms. Kate—who is armpit stain-free, despite her boot camp workout that morning—is the self-elected president of the Dead Moms Club. She was sworn in at age 27, when her mom, Martha, died of pancreatic cancer. Eleven years later, her first book The Dead Moms Club (Seal Press)—part-memoir, part self-help—is hitting bookshelves this month. “Hi there,” the first chapter begins. “If you are reading this, it...
  Björk Utopia (Out November 24) Björk has always tested the boundaries of pop music and Utopia is no exception. While the artist’s eighteenth release has moments that are reminiscent of earlier work, like the classic Vespertine and the ambitious Medulla, Björk experiments in new ways in this latest album. Utopia is built on a surprising foundation of baroque-style flutes—more than a dozen flutists are listed in the credits—and sound collages of Venezuelan bird calls. Even stranger, these pastoral elements are juxtaposed with lyrics about decidedly contemporary...
  This piece discusses suicide and contains spoilers for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Whenever I used to try and describe suicidal ideation, I always found myself at a loss for words. How can a person not suffering understand what it’s like to rather be dead than alive when their life is seemingly normal? It has become much easier for me to expound on those thoughts since my actual attempt. I was sitting in my private bathroom, my back against the cold porcelain toilet. I had tears coming out of my eyes,...
Here at BUST HQ, the holiday season is in full swing and our December/January issue is shaping up to be a real sweet treat, starting with our indie film cover queen, Greta Gerwig! Inside, we’ve got an inspiring interview with Congresswoman Maxine Waters; a revealing report on the truth behind the Lizzie Borden murders; BUST’s famous Holiday Gift Guide; and more. SUBSCRIBE NOW! ON THE COVER: GRETA GERWIG PHOTOGRAPHED BY NADYA WASYLKO; STYLING BY LARA BACKMENDER; HAIR BY MARCO SANTINI; MAKEUP BY DANIEL MARTIN; MIXED METAL AND...
  Good luck not bawling your eyes out watching the A Wrinkle In Time trailer that dropped during the American Music Awards — because really, you’re going to cry the most gloriously happy tears. The trailer may only be about two minutes long, but that’s as long as I could handle being that happy anyway. The cast lineup alone is jaw-dropping: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, and Storm Reid, just to name a few. The trailer itself does a wonderful job spiking the interest...
    Frank, feminist, and super funny, Sarah Silverman is poised to launch the next great political comedy show. Here, she opens up about being open, understanding Trump supporters, and the unifying power of shit. When I walk into comedy superstar Sarah Silverman’s cover shoot for BUST in a big, airy studio in West Hollywood, she’s lying on a makeshift bed with a small crew of people standing around her, all murmuring approval. I’ve heard she’s warm and friendly—and the rumors soon prove true—but she can’t see me...
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