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Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A MemoirBy Carrie Brownstein(Riverhead Books) The ’90s were an exciting time for feminism as the riot grrrl movement gave women a voice, both musically and politically. Among the bands of that era with the most staying power was Sleater-Kinney, a group whose skill and inventiveness earned them a devoted following for more than a decade. Read More
As BUST's beloved Eat Me columnist, Chef Rossi has been schooling us on everything from poached eggs to tuna tartare for more than 16 years, and always with a dash of humor. But those with heartier reading appetites can now devour The Raging Skillet: The True Life Story of Chef Rossi, her juicy memoir about growing up, becoming a chef, and working as New York’s most unconventional wedding caterer. Read More
Big Stone Gap—a novel-turned-movie starring Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenna Elfman, and Jane Krakowski—is set in a small Virginia town where everybody knows each other. Ave Maria Mulligan (Judd) is the “old maid” of the town at 40 with no husband and no children. Although she seems OK with the label, it is apparent that her pharmacy and playwrighting jobs are not enough to keep her busy. Read More
Grandma Written and directed by Paul Weltz Out August 21 Grandma is one of those rare films that’s entirely about women. There are a handful of men, but none appear in more than one scene. Instead, the story focuses on a family of strong, complicated women. Lily Tomlin drives the film with her performance as Elle, the grandma from which the film takes its title. Elle is mourning both the death of her longtime partner and her recent breakup with her much-younger girlfriend (Judy Greer) when her teenage granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner), asks for help. Read More
This weekend at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, I had the deep misfortune of going to see the world premiere of About Ray. In fairness, there were a lot of people who warned me against doing this — especially because director Gaby Dellal did an interview earlier this summer with Refinery29 in which she deliberately refused to call her protagonist by his desired pronouns. I knew this was going to be a tricky experience for me. I did my best to go into the experience with an open mind. To focus on the story rather than the storyteller. Read More