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Patient H69 by Vanessa Potter is a sensory experience, which might surprise some. Losing the our most dominant sense, sight, gave Potter a whole new world to explore. With a form of synesthesia coming into play, readers are granted a whole new way to look at things. Potter noted down all these differences and experiences in her blog called Patient H69, which would eventually become this memoir. One day in 2012, Potter — a very successful producer — wakes up and suddenly can’t see. Everything is...
Poptarts is a twice-monthly podcast hosted by BUST Magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each episode is devoted to a hot topic in entertainment, and in the second half, a segment called "Whatcha Watchin'?," Callie and Emily dig into all the shows, movies, books, music, videos, and podcasts they've enjoyed since the last episode, and either praise or pan each experience. In this episode, author Kristen J. Sollee chats about her new book, Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive,...
A book doesn't need 1,000 pages to be revelatory — sometimes short, concise works can be the most powerful. For our book review sidebar in our June/July 2017 issue, we're spotlighting three recentlyp ublished brief books by big-time writers. from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 80-page tretise on feminism and motherhood, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions, to novelist Tracy Chevalier's 208-page reimagining of a Shakespeare classic, you should be able to read these books in a single afternoon — but we won't blame you if...
No sex manual is one-size-fits-all. But for larger ladies, erotic instruction that meets the specific needs of big bodies is a rarity. That’s why Curvy Girl Sex: 101 Body-Positive Positions to Empower Your Sex Life by Elle Chase is such a fantastic find. Illustrated with cute drawings, the guide makes suggestions for pregnant women; points out positions perfect for those with a larger stomach, butt, or thighs; and even helps users accommodate weakness in the back, knees, or arms. With so many bases covered, there’s...

It's finally the best time of year to catch up on all that reading you've been wanting to do since the spring, as you enjoy your vacation days at the beach. Here's a list of our 11 favorite books of the summer, including Jillian Tamaki's Boundless, Paula Hawkin's Into The Water: The Novel, and our Lit-Pick, Samantha Irby's We Are Never Meeting In Real Life.: Essays. WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE.: ESSAYS By Samantha Irby (Vintage Books) Calling Samantha Irby funny would be an insult. Irby – who you may...
As a Romani woman from a long, matrilineal line of healers and magic workers, how could I fail to be intrigued by Kristen J. Sollée’s book, Witches, Sluts, Feminists. It’s a scintillating, wry, and accessibly academic overview of the witch archetype in relation to the European and American witch hunts, and to the festival of misogyny in current American politics. Sollée, a professor of Genders Studies at The New School, teaches a popular class on the same topic. In the book, Sollée explores the deadly interplay...
Alexandra DeWitt is the poster girl, the one whose body was found in the refrigerator by her superhero boyfriend and gave us a name for the troubling objectification of women in superhero stories. She wasn’t the first to play the role now named for her untimely demise, merely the unlucky inspiration for its name. There have been so many more left in the cold of that metaphorical appliance: Gwen Stacy, Barbara Gordon, Stephanie Brown, Linda Park, Karen Page, Sue Dibny, even “villains” like Harley Quinn. “Women...
“Learn Calligraphy” has been an item languishing on my creative to-do list for what feels like an eternity. But thanks to this handy starter kit from pro calligrapher Laura Hooper ($80, lhcalligraphy.com), I’m finally crossing that shit off (with a decorative flourish no less). With two pots of ink, a pen holder with three nibs, and a blank-page journal for cutting loose, this cute lil’ package has everything you need to master inky strokes in the privacy of your own home. The pièce de résistance...
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,...
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...