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Week Of Women: September 21-27, 2018

by Erika W. Smith


This is a big week for feminist-friendly pop culture—new releases include Colette, documentaries about Gilda Radner and Jane Fonda, the revival of Murphy Brown, and the return of The Good Place and How To Get Away With Murder. Happy watching/listening/reading!



Keira Knightley stars as French author Colette in this biopic that focuses on Colette’s fight with her husband Willy for ownership of her own work, and Colette’s romances with women. Out Friday, September 21. Read our review here. 

Love, Gilda

Gilda Radner’s story is told in her own words in this documentary, thanks to a wealth of archival footage and recordings. Out Friday, September 21. Read our review here.

Nappily Ever After


Those Netflix rom-coms keep on coming! This one is directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, co-written by Gina Prince-Bythewood, and based on the novel by Trisha R. Thomas. Sanaa Lathan stars as a perfectionist ad exec who goes on a journey of self-discovery after a breakup. Out Friday, September 21.


Jane Fonda in Five Acts

Jane Fonda tells her life story in this five-part documentary series directed by Susan Lacy. Premieres Monday, September 24 on HBO.

Murphy Brown

Candice Bergen and much of the original cast return for this revival of the classic TV series, which originally ran from 1988-1998. Premieres Thursday, September 27 on CBS.

How To Get Away With Murder

How To Get Away With Murder returns for a fifth season, with Viola Davis starring as Annalise Keating. Premieres Thursday, September 27 on ABC.

The Good Place

The Good Place returns for a third season, with an ensemble cast including Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, and Ted Danson. Premieres Thursday, September 27 on NBC.


“Venice Bitch” by Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey is back with an atmospheric, swear-y, ten-minute-long (!) lead single from her forthcoming album, Norman Fucking Rockwell (!!).

Bikini Kill

Bikini Kill’s entire discography is finally available on streaming services for the first time, so get listening, and read our June/July 2016 cover story with Kathleen Hanna here


 The Exene Chronicles by Camille Collins

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BUST contributor Camille Collins’ debut YA novel follows 14-year-old Lia, one of the few black kids in a sexist, racist town. After the sudden disappearance of her best friend Ryan, Lia begins writing letters to legendary punk rocker Exene. Out Tuesday, September 25.

 My Own Devices by Dessa

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Rapper/singer/writer Dessa’s debut memoir covers everything from recording a song for the Hamilton Mixtape to working with a team of neuroscientists to try to get over an ex. Out now.

 Transcription by Kate Atkinson

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Life After Life author Kate Atkinson returns to the WWII era with this novel about a former teen spy who, a decade after the war ends, has to confront her past. Out Tuesday, September 25.

top photo: HBO

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