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Written and directed by Bradley Rust Gray, The Exploding Girl is an understated character study of an epileptic college student named Ivy who is spending her spring break back at home in New York City. Her buddy Al is also home for the week, and the two spend their time walking around the city, drinking beers, reading books, and playing card games with Ivy’s mom—typical home-for-a-week activities for the Liberal Arts crowd. Read More
Yesterday Kotex launched a new ad campaign lampooning, well, itself. The first ad for U by Kotex parodies the super slo-mo, twirling in circles, running on the beach, practicing ballet in white spandex, pristinely clean genre of femcare ads that have been advertising staples for decades. The commercial is funny, smart, snarky—it’s already got people talking, tweeting, blogging, posting. It’s a step in the right direction. But the hill it’s going up is incredibly steep. I know how hard it is to talk about menstruation in mainstream media. Read More
The Girl With The Dragon TattooDirected by Niels Arden Oplev (Music Box Films) I’m just going to say this up front: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo—a new film coming out this Friday based on the first volume of late Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s enormously popular “Millennium” trilogy—is the best female epic revenge saga since Kill Bill. Read More
Party update: this Friday! BUST invites you to get down and get fashion-y at the New York Couture Designer Birthday Party and Fashion Show! Freshest collection from New York Couture is sure to titillate and tease!!!  You are cordially invited to help celebrate at the New York Couture Designer Birthday Party and Fashion Show!  Come experience the collection first-hand instead of watching it on MTV. Read More
If you grew up reading Sassy magazine, you know who Blake Nelson is—his debut novel, Girl, about a teenager exploring the Seattle rock scene (sound '90s?) was excerpted in three successive issues, and later made into a movie. But you may not know that Nelson has written many more books, exploring issues of sexuality, morality, and interpersonal relationships with a sensitivity and astuteness that shows more respect for his YA audience than many adult fiction writers show for theirs. I had a chance for an email chat with him and took it. Read More