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  Parable of the SowerBy Octavia E. Butler(Grand Central Publishing) The user manual for 2019 could very well be Octavia E. Butler’s 1993 dystopian novel, Parable of the Sower, newly re-released for a millennial audience. Set in 2024, the story’s main character, Lauren, is a Black woman who records the days of her people and their resistance to the lawlessness outside their community gates. These writings eventually become the basis for a religion called Earthseed: The Books of the Living. The new foreword in this edition...
The Joy Luck Club: A NovelBy Amy Tan (Penguin Books) Amy Tan’s bestselling novel turns 30 this year. Published at a time when Asian voices in American fiction were scant, The Joy Luck Club’s popularity and scope made it a modern classic. Its stories of four immigrant women from China and their American-born daughters feel so real that many assume the book is memoir masquerading as fiction. In a new foreword for this anniversary edition, the author examines the permeable border between fiction and fact....
Last week, Ellen DeGeneres was shown at a Cowboys football game laughing with former President George W. Bush and to her surprise, got tons of criticism for it. Soon after, she brought up the video on her talk show and said that it was important to “be kind to one another”—as she says at the end of every show—and not only “the people that think the same way you do.” Since that show aired, DeGeneres has been receiving almost as much praise as criticism. Some...
    KIM GORDONNo Home Record(Matador)   Kim Gordon, Sonic Youth’s former de-facto leader, has now unveiled her debut solo album, No Home Record, and it’s got everything we’ve come to know and love about her group work. There were glimmers of solo Gordon throughout the duration of her decades-long career, and here we get a culmination of all of that. Opener “Sketch Artist” features Gordon cooing over distorted guitars and bass before switching gears into a smooth melody and then returning to chaos. She cleverly utilizes sound to...
BODEGAShiny New Model(What’s Your Rupture?)    Art-rock group Bodega shows off its intriguing instrumental prowess on this eight-song EP. On their second offering of 2019 (they released a live album, Witness Scroll, in February), these New York punks have created more tunes to boost our disillusioned spirits. While the vocals are delivered in an intentionally blasé manner, the guitar work by Ben Hozie and Madison Velding-VanDam, and Heather Elle’s bass skills, are relentless in their exciting deviations and innovative expanses. “Treasures of the Ancient World” and...
  Starcrawler has just released their second album Devour You on Rough Trade. The L.A.-based rock band is comprised of members Austin Smith (drums), Henri Cash (guitar), and Tim Franco (bass) and Arrow De Wilde (Vocals/Lyrics). De Wilde's parents are renowned photographer Autumn De Wilde (Beck, The White Stripes) and drummer Aaron Sperske (Beachwood Sparks, Father John Misty), which allowed her to grow up around many eclectic artists and musicians. De Wilde took some time out to speak with BUST about her band, touring, and feminism. Tell me about Starcrawler’s...

Is there any better way to spend a free October evening than in a café with a great book—or a new favorite song set on repeat? We say no—and these are our top picks, if you’re in need of a new memoir, album, or star-studded romantic comedy anthology.  MOVIES/TV Modern Love   This rom-com anthology, based on the wildly popular New York Times column, will star all our favorites, from Anne Hathaway to Tina Fey to Dev Patel to Andrew Scott. Premiering October 18 on Prime Video. MUSIC/PODCASTS No Home Record by Kim Gordon Sonic...
With so many awesome characters in Teen Titans, it is hard to pick a stand-out. For me, Raven is my favorite character—no, wait, Starfire is. No, no, Beast Boy. I love them all. Although it is hard to choose a favorite, one thing is for sure: I’m always hungry for more individual screen time from each. If, like me, you’ve ever wanted to see more Raven, your wishes have been answered in graphic novel form with Raven, written by Beautiful Creatures co-author Kami Garcia. The origin story is set in...
This article contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault After having obtained an advance copy of Ronan Farrow’s new book Catch and Kill, Variety released information about Farrow’s “explosive” interview with former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils. The interview provides graphic details about the night when Nevils said that Today Show Host Matt Lauer anally raped her while they were covering the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Nevils alleged that Lauer had invited her up to his hotel room when she was drunk and pressed her up against the...
  Rachael Sage has just released a new single – “Bravery’s On Fire” via MPress Records that is now available online.   Sage recently revealed that she was diagnosed with endometrial (uterine) cancer in 2018. She’s now in complete remission, and hopes to raise awareness of it. Endometrial (uterine) cancer is one of the most common type of women’s cancers in the U.S. with an estimation of 60,000 new cases to be diagnosed this year, and worldwide it is the 15th most common occurring cancer, overall, with 380,000 cases...