Maybe it's the end of a grueling work-day, if you have a work-day. If you're on the East Coast, there's a sporting chance you'll be caught in a tepid drizzle-storm the next time you leave a building. Hey, maybe there's nothing in the fridge! Maybe you've got to invoice or read the ever-traumatic newspaper or do something else taxing with your evening hours, when all you really want to do is curl up in the deepest part of the deepest couch and ignore all the phone ... Read More
  Facts of the Case Of the mess of articles clamoring to dissect the impact of executive editor Jill-Abramson's-myserious-departure from The New York Times, I think Rebecca Traister at The New Republic poised the issue best: “so far, accounts of why Jill Abramson, the first woman executive editor of The New York Times, was abruptly fired on Wednesday, don't leave us with a firm sense of what happened. What is firm is ... Read More
Your rainy, grim Thursday (well, here on the East Coast...) is about to turn sunny-side up, amigos. As if Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's posed comebacks WEREN'T EXCITING ENOUGH, NBC  has just released a promo for another pilot in the wings: The Maya Rudolph Show. Put another way: happy birthday everyone, across time and space. Rudolph (a former BUST cover-gal, btw) spoke to Vulture about the ins and outs of building her own television show from the ground ... Read More
When the cast of 30 Rock bid a last adieu to their Thursday night slot on NBC...everything basically shattered for me. First The Office, now this? Suddenly, Parks & Recreation had to pull a lot of the comedy weight for the widely-acknowledged funniest network on the telly. And I suddenly had an extra hour and a half to fill every week, twiddling my thumbs in the absence of a Liz Lemon laugh riot.  It's been a rough few years, but finally -- does one ... Read More
Looking for a new Twitter-cause (read: actual cause) to rally around? The Internet, as usual, is here to provide an outlet for all your righteous indignation. A new viral campaign concerning the lack of diversity in American literature is out for blood; #WeNeedDiverseBooks aims to expand the frontier of all those cis-person, straight, white, male narratives that have filled our bookstores and libraries for, well, ever. So, who's got a big web presence? ... Read More
This might strike as a funny double standard to quibble with (as it involves the ever- dubious devil's brew), but I'm interested today in the gender divisions across bar culture. As a frequenter of the, ahem, “libation establishment” – and a former bartender of two years – I like to think I know a thing or two about drinking culture. And here's the sorriest fact of things, friends: it's a  truth universally acknowledged and assumed ... Read More
Ahh, New York City: the original, glorious melting pot. Yet unless you make a conscious habit of touring the cobblestoned side streets of the Lower East Side or popping into the Tenement Museum every now and then, it can be easy to forget that the whole of this island was once a grimy, industrial, cluttered port. Well... okay, so it's still all those things. But it sure looked a lot cooler in the 1900s, no?*  Thanks to a collection of high-res images at Shorpy ... Read More
Visual artist Kara Walker – an epic, epic person, for those of you who don't already know – is currently at work on a new piece in Brooklyn. In a departure from her typically 2D projects, Walker has taken over the ground floor of the abandoned Domino sugar factory in Williamsburg. All to build this:   This 75 foot tall sphinx – coated in a thick layer of donated Domino's sugar – is titled (in true Walker fashion): “A Subtlety: ... Read More
I vaguely remember being eleven or so and going to Take Your Child to Work Day – I sat on the floor of my mother's office and took an aptitude test, and then I played with dolls as she, you know, worked. I still can't say how seeing a real-live attorney's office up close in my formative years has impacted my particular (read: vague) career trajectory...but I do remember how curious it was to see “work” demystified. Here was my mom's office, I ... Read More
Looks like Orange Is the New...back. (Sorry.) Despite the onslaught of other binge-able TV shows in the interim months (True Detective, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, etc.) the absense of Jenji Kohan's sleeper hit Netflix series has been felt. Much has already been written about how thrilling it is to see an unflinching depiction of women – almost exclusively women – moving through the annals of prison. So many former taboos in a single show! In ... Read More
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