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Trish Burger is a creative and spiritual hynotherapist and artist who will be joining us as a teacher at the BUST School For Creative Living, which will take place December 8th and 9th during the BUST Craftacular Holiday at Brooklyn Expo in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Trish will be teaching a workshop on past life regression, and will also have her crystal jewelry available for sale as a vendor.   In this interview, Trish gives us an idea of her practice and what we can anticipte to experience with her.   Hi...
Kimbra is still at the start of her Saturn return—she hasn’t even hit thirty—yet speaking with her, it’s clear she’s already wise beyond her years, and surprisingly relatable. The New Zealand songstress burst into millennial pop culture consciousness singing the refrain in “Somebody That I Used To Know,” the aching, xylophone-infused breakup anthem that was ubiquitous in 2012. Lesser artists would have succumbed to one-hit wonderness by now, but the Grammy-winning singer has gone on to put out a string of successful records. Her third full-length...

Happy Thanksgiving week! While you're recovering from that turkey (or tofurkey) coma, enjoy some new movies, TV, books, and music. Our feminist-friendly picks for this week include biopics about Anne, Queen of Great Britain and Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren; new music from Karen O; and the latest novel by Anuradha Roy. MOVIES The Favourite  This historical dramedy from director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, the Killing of the Sacred Deer) follows 18th century noblewoman Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), whose romantic relationship with Anne, Queen of...
  Romantic comedies are often polarizing because even though they are ostensibly made for a female audience, it’s rare to find one that actually tells the truth about women’s lives. But in real life, women are also out on these streets lying all the time when it comes to sex. Is this propensity to lie about our sex lives a social construct bolstered by rom-coms? Is life imitating art or is art imitating life? On this episode of BUST’s “Poptarts” podcast, Lux Alptraum, author of the...
Michelle Obama is an inspiration to countless women, including this writer. When I found out I had been approved to cover the kick-off to her Becoming book tour in her and my home city of Chicago, I was thrilled. The night was one of candid conversation and deep reflection. We all know Michelle Obama as the former First Lady, as a former lawyer, and as a graduate of Harvard Law School and Princeton. We know about her life in the White House and the microscope she lived under for...

This week brings us some exciting, feminist-friendly new releases: the movie Widows, starring Viola Davis and directed by Steve McQueen; the premiere of the HBO miniseries adaptation of Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend; new music from CupcaKke; and more. Enjoy!  MOVIES Widows This thriller follows a group of women who attempt a heist to pay back a crime boss after their husbands are killed in a botched robbery. Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo star. Directed by Steve McQueen. Out Friday, November 16. Jinn This coming-of-age...
Alison Sudol keeps busy. Her former band, A Fine Frenzy, has garnered international acclaim, repeatedly breaking into Billboard’s charts. She plays Queenie in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, out today. Now, Sudol is launching her next project: recording music under her own name. We’re excited to premiere the track, “Escape The Blade,” from her new EP, Moon: The track carries her trademarks: haunting vocals, quiet contemplation, palpable yearning. The video, directed & edited by Samuel Aaron Bennett, teases her image among roiling waves and misty mountains. In...

For writer-turned-rare-book dealer A.N. Devers, collecting and selling titles exclusively by women is her way of challenging the male-dominated literary world. “It just became very clear to me one day at a rare book fair that [book collecting] is really messed up for women,” she says. “Essentially, the whole field is male, and they’re mostly interested in books by men.” In contrast, Devers’ online bookshop and quarterly print publication, The Second Shelf (TheSecondShelf.com), offers not only a way to get your hands on tough finds by...
The older I get, the more I’m struck by the realization that being an “adult” doesn’t mean you’re suddenly imbued with maturity and general confidence and know-how, that being of a certain age doesn’t mean that everything falls into place the way like it did for what seemed like every adult you knew growing up. Every vision we have of what it means to come of age, to become an adult, is derived from some kind of exterior model, of an amalgamation of societal expectations...
Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers' Rights, recently released by Verso Books, is everything I hoped it would be. This is an important read for anyone interested in feminism, labor rights, racial equality, and immigration. The book is not focused on whether or not sex work is legitimate work (it is), but rather the “assault, exploitation, arrest, incarceration, eviction, and deportation” that often comes with it. The authors, Juno Mac and Molly Smith, are both sex workers and activists. Mac works with Sex Worker Advocacy...