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Our lovely former BUST cover girl Amber Tamblyn has written some raw and thought provoking poems for her upcoming book, Dark Sparkler, out April 7th. The collection powerfully explores the lives of over twenty-five actresses who died before their time, including Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, Sharon Tate, and Brittany Murphy. Want more? Take a look at Amber's interview with Janet Fitch in our latest issue and scroll down for book tour dates.  And check out ... Read More
  Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique turned 52 this week. As controversial as it is—in turns called classist, racist, and homophobic—we would like to celebrate all the ways it inspired a movement during a time of housewives, Jell-o molds, and sedated contentment. Friedan, known for sparking the beginning of second-wave feminism, was called “angry” and “hysterical,” insults we are quite familiar with even today, ... Read More
Last week, the winner of the most important accolade in the literary world was announced. I am, of course, talking about the Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Forget the National Book Award. Back off, Pulitzer. Man Booker who? An Oprah’s Book Club Sticker has more influence than all those combined. The real prestige comes with winning a Bad Sex in Fiction award. It means your work was good enough that those other prizes could ignore your terrible ... Read More
How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran's debut novel, which sold more than half a million copies in more than 16 countries worldwide, is being turned into a movie. Cue the applause. The story is centered on Johanna Morrigan, a young girl who dreams of leaving behind her hometown of Wolverhampton and ultimately ventures forth to reinvent herself (i.e. moves to London, becomes a music critic and calls herself Dolly Wilde). "Caitlin Moran is the wittiest writer on the ... Read More
  If you haven’t picked up on it already: We love Lena Dunham. Throughout her career, Lena has faced her mistakes, acknowledged her privilege, and grown from both. With every valid critique of her choices and actions, I see her seeking to learn from these criticisms and most importantly, to change accordingly and do the right thing. Last week, I had the privilege of listening to Lena and our cover girl alumna Carrie Brownstein in conversation at the Not ... Read More
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