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It seems like the month of June is a time to wield rainbows and celebrate the LGBTQ community, but every other month out of the year the LGBTQ community is shrouded in darkness, with its struggles and history erased. I didn’t learn about the Stonewall riots until I was a sophomore in college, taking a diverse history course at the prompting of my girlfriend. Some words she used were “inspiring” and “eye-opening.” Up until then, it seemed like my entire history curriculum focused on dinosaurs,...
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There’s a specific pleasure that comes from books: finding them, reading them, living with them. For bibliophiles, it’s a lifestyle. L.A.-based graphic designer Eliza Wexelman and N.Y.C. artist Payton Cosell Turner, founders and co-editors of the site Girls At Library (girlsatlibrary.com) understand this very well. Born of a bicoastal friendship with roots in trading favorite tomes, Girls At Library is a celebration and exploration of the literary lives of real women, with profiles highlighting subjects’ favorite fictional characters, reading habits, and current book queues. “We wanted...
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An alien bird invades the comatose body of a mildly sociopathic bully. An heiress with questionable morals and motives disguises herself in white and works as a vigilante at night. What do these two odd combinations have in common? They are both new, female-led comics: Mother Panic and Shade the Changing Girl. Both books are part of the new imprint Young Animal by DC Comics. Written for mature audiences, these comics deal with morality, revenge, sexuality, and highly flawed women. “Most readers I know, male or female,...
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We're excited to share this excerpt from WEIRD IN A WORLD THAT’S NOT: A Career Guide for Misfits, F *ckups, and Failures by Jennifer Romolini: Being a boss for the first time is lonelier than you imagine. You’re an authority figure now, someone on whom employees can project their insecurities, doubts, company ill will, and on-the-job fear. Given your new “boss” status, you may be left out of the fun, no longer invited to last-minute coffee grabs or after-work drinks. Every interaction becomes more complicated. You will awkwardly...
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“What is my life for and what am I going to do with it? I don’t know and I’m afraid. I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want." — Sylvia Plath Essayist Alana Massey’s writing about women and pop culture has been making me laugh, think, and throw things (only at boys) for years in places like Elle, New York Magazine, and the Guardian. Earlier this year, she released...
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In each issue of BUST, Amber Tamblyn reviews a book of poetry. From our April/May 2017 issue, here's her review of "Serpentine Loop" by Ele Kraljii Gardiner:   In poet Elee Kraljii Gardiner’s beautiful debut collection, serpentine loop (Anvil Press), she explores the magnificence of life’s circular tropes through the lens of figure skating; the repetition of painful events, the balancing dance of love and desire, the tough climates of an existentially glacial world. In “Outdoors, Ice” Gardiner, a former figure skater who hails from Vancouver, writes:...
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Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s debut novel Harmless Like You has, in the months since its initial UK release last August, quietly become a critical hit - with publication in several countries; a New York Times editor’s choice spot; glowing reviews in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Literary Review, and elsewhere; and appearances on numerous awards shortlists. Harmless Like You tells two interconnected stories. We open in New York City in the late 1960s with Yuki, a teenage girl who decides to stay in New York...
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                                       A super villain with super strength, no health insurance, and a conscious. Henchgirl, Kristen Gudsnuk’s debut graphic novel published by Dark Horse comics, is a smart, funny, satirical take on your typical superhero graphic novel with its own twists and turns. I recently had the opportunity to both read and interview the author of Henchgirl. Gudsnuk began Henchgirl as a webcomic; now it is a published graphic novel...
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The Declaration of Independence enshrines the “pursuit of happiness” as an “inalienable Right,” right next to life and liberty as essential endowments for all people. Or, at least, for all men. The inclusion of happiness as a right guaranteed to all men was a radical proposition in 1776, though it is now a defining aspect of American exceptionalism. The concept remains radical for women, however, because our social, political, and cultural systems are not actually built for us; these systems were constructed knowing our labor is...
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Three powerful new memoirs by women have caught our attention for their common theme — and vastly different perspectives. Ayelet Waldman explores the benefits of microdosing; Cat Marnell writes about addiction; and Kelly Osbourne writes about growing up in the spotilght and dealing with substance abuse.   A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My LifeBy Ayelet Waldman(Alfred A. Knopf) Ayelet Waldman's A Really Good Day is an account of the author's month-long experiment using minuscule amounts of LSD to...
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