BY BUST Magazine in General on Oct 25, 2012 |
In 1980s Romania, Carmen Bugan’s father wrote anti-Communist propaganda, an illegal act that led to the family having to flee the country in 1989. But of course, as a kid, Bugan had no idea what was going on. It wasn’t until she started searching for answers as an adult that she learned of her father’s secret. This is the retelling of her discovery.
Bugan uses short, concise sentences that pack in all the emotional details of her unusual ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine in General on Oct 24, 2012 |
News junkies and fans of Hanna Rosin will surely remember “The End of Men,” her 2010 Atlantic article about female success and how it relates to the simultaneous plummeting of male accomplishment. Her engrossing new book retains that provocative title and expounds on the facts she uncovered in her first go-round. Rosin focuses mostly on the shifting of familial responsibilities and career achievements between men and women by examining statistics and ... Read More
BY Lan Truong in Artsy on Oct 17, 2012 |
"This animal is quite harmless if not touched!"
--"Muzzle or no muzzle, jabber she will!"
A picture's worth a thousand words, and the illustrations on postcards say a lot about the time that they were created. For example, it's easy to see from the women wearing muzzles postcards (did I just type "women wearing muzzles"?!) above that whatever time period they came about in, it was an important one for women's rights. And no, these postcards ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith in General on Oct 05, 2012 |
If you need to fall in love with reading again – or just want a reminder that high school students deserve a lot more than their reading lists give them – then The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 is the book for you.
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 is a compilation of literature selected by high school students and edited by Dave Eggers. A new edition has been released every year since 2002, each containing writing selected by ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine in General on Oct 03, 2012 |
Literature about oppression and social injustice usually sounds more interesting than it reads—and it doesn’t help that self-righteous activists make themselves redundant through repetition. Thankfully, in The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues, famed activist Angela Y. Davis proves that it’s still possible to find a new, refreshing way to discuss race, gender, class, and sexuality. In this heartfelt and on-point examination through ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith in Crafty on Oct 03, 2012 |
When I chose the awesome-looking craft book Star Wars Origami to review, I squealed like a Jawa on the wrong end of a blaster. I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was a toddler (thanks, parents!), and although no origami expert, I have fond memories of making dozens of paper cats and frogs as a kid. I figured Chris Alexander's Star Wars Origami would be much the same: follow the instructions carefully, fold the paper, and — ta-da! — you have ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith in Feminizzle on Oct 01, 2012 |
Here at BUST, we are all women in journalism. As an experienced intern with a journalism degree, I’m used to seeing both classrooms and newsrooms full of driven, talented women. It seems only natural that I–and my female classmates and co-workers–belong in this field: we’re ambitious, capable, and damn good at what we do.
It’s startling to realize that it would have been near-impossible for young women like us to break into ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith in General on Sep 24, 2012 |
If you’re a Zadie Smith fan, you’ve been waiting seven years for her latest novel, NW. If you’re not a Zadie Smith fan, NW may turn you into one.
NW stands for northwest — northwest London, specifically Willesden, Smith’s hometown and the setting of her first novel, White Teeth. We follow the interlocking lives of four thirty-something Londoners as they try to escape the council estate (in American: housing ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith in General on Sep 20, 2012 |
If you’ve ever been turned down from a shitty food service job you found on Craigslist…
If you’ve ever programmed your ex into your phone as “Don’t Pick Up FO REALZZZ THIS TIME”…
If you instantly hate anyone who asks what you do for a living…
In short, if you’re in your twenties, then this book is for you.
F*CK! I’m In My Twenties by Emma Koenig, based on the popular blog ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine in Eat Me on Sep 19, 2012 |
Forget tasteless tofu dogs: this collection of plant-based recipes proves backyard barbeques need not be dominated by meat. Better yet, the ingredients here are found at any grocery store—no specialty vegan pantry required—and the recipes are so simple it’s easy to make several courses on a single grill.
At a recent barbecue, friends devoured the scrumptious slip-n-sliders, garbanzo-bean-based burgers flavored with spices and soy sauce. ... Read More