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Week Of Women: February 1-7, 2019

by Erika W. Smith

Happy February! While you’re inside hiding from the snow and cold, enjoy our picks for the best in feminist-friendly pop culture this week, including Natasha Lyonne’s new TV series Russian Doll, new music from Girlpool, and The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang. 


Poptarts: Feminist Folklore

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The hosts of the podcast Feminist Folklore join BUST editors Callie and Emily on the latest episode of our podcast Poptarts. Listen here or on iTunes. 


Miss Bala

Gina Rodriguez stars as a makeup artist who has to take down a drug cartel after they kidnap her best friend in this action thriller directed by Catherine Hardwicke. In theaters Friday, February 1.

Daughter Of Mine

This Italian drama written and directed by Laura Bispuri follows a ten-year-old girl (Sara Casu) who learns she’s adopted and finds herself caught between her overprotective adoptive mother (Valeria Golino) and her “lost soul” birth mother (Alba Rohrwacher). In theaters Friday, February 1.


Russian Doll

Natasha Lyonne stars in this Netflix series about a woman who keeps dying in the middle of her 36th birthday party—and waking up again. The series was co-created by Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland, and all eight episodes are directed by women, including Lyonne and Headland. Out Friday, February 1 on Netflix.

Siempre Bruja: Always A Witch

This Colombian show follows a time-traveling teenage witch in Cartagena. Out Friday, February 1 on Netflix.


What Chaos Is Imaginary by Girlpool

Girlpool’s Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad introduce a new sound: since Girlpool’s last album, Tucker came out as nonbinary and began hormone therapy, which gives their voice a “beautifully raspy timbre,” as BUST reviewer Shannon Carlin writes. Out Friday, February 1. See BUST’s January/February print issue for review.

Olympic Girls by Tiny Ruins

Tiny Ruins’ third release brings “complex and cryptic lyrics, touching and emotional vocals, and intricate guitar work,” writes BUST reviewer Adrienne Urbanski. Out Friday, February 1. See BUST’s January/February print issue for review.

“Moderation”/”Haunted House” by Florence and the Machine

Last week, Florence and the Machine released two new tracks, the first new music since her album High As Hope, which was released in June 2018. Out now.


 The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang 

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In this essay collection, Esmé Weijun Wang shares her experience with schizoaffective disorder and discusses the medical community’s disagreement about schizophrenia (which is not a single unifying diagnosis), blending her personal story with research. Out Tuesday, February 5.

 Notes From A Black Woman’s Diary by Kathleen Collins 

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Writer and filmmaker Kathleen Collins’ work was little-known in her lifetime—she died at the age of 46 in 1988—but she gained a new following with the posthumous release of her short story collection Whatever Happened To Interracial Love? In 2016. This new book collects Collins’ writing in a variety of genres—diary entries, along with fiction, letters, plays, and screenplays—edited by her daughter, Nina Lorez Collins. Out Tuesday, February 5. 

 On The Come Up by Angie Thomas 

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By the author of The Hate U Give, On The Come Up follows a teenage girl who wants to be a rapper—but her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, and she finds portrayed as a menace by the media. Out Tuesday, February 5.

Top photo: Russia Doll/Courtesy of Netflix

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