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I’m not sure how many of you had the unfortunate experience of being shipped off to camp for a few weeks out of the summer, but for me the trauma lingers on like the scent of insect repellent and sweat after a half dozen games of Capture the Flag. Mom and Dad may have partied it up while you spent your formidable years making birdfeeders out of peanut butter and pinecones, and coaxing fellow campers into eating mysterious red berries, but now it’s your turn for ... Read More
People like to gang up on Brooklyn based writer Tao Lin and I'm not sure why. The comment sections following online reviews of his books are often as entertaining as the books themselves. As I'm writing this review, I almost can't wait to check in a bit later to read the comments (if any) left here, and defend this writer who I find to be, if at all annoying, annoyingly honest. Lin's 6th book and 2nd novel, Richard Yates (Melville House), gave me palpitations ... Read More
Meet the only women in the U.S. to be making chocolate from the bean. Kristen Hard (pictured far right) is the owner and creative visionary of Cacao Atlanta.  She began as a chocolatier, making confections and desserts from chocolate that had already been made.  After visiting the Caribbean and talking with the local women about the cacao pods found there, Kristen decided to try her hand at creating the chocolate that she used in her truffles and bars.  It ... Read More
Salsa. Tecate Tallboys. Mariachi Band. OH MY!!! This Sunday, Sept 12th, there will be a salsa eating party at The Bell House in Brooklyn!  Twenty local salsa makers will be showin' off their tomato crushing skills and will be competing for the SALSA SLAM grand prize.  Tickets are $12 / $15 at the door. What a way to spend a Sunday!  ¡Estoy muy emocionada!  PLUS++++There are still openings left if you think your salsa is slammin'! Check ... Read More
Good boob tube news:  Amanda Cohen, chef and owner of the East Village all-vegetarian standout Dirt Candy, will be competing this Sunday against Masaharu Morimoto himself in what may in fact be the first ever all-vegetarian contest in Iron Chef history.  You may remember Amanda's name from an earlier post on recognizing women in the professional kitchen.  And if you don't, that's totally cool because no one needs an excuse to watch the glory of Iron ... Read More
I used to really love Weezer back in the day, their first album is one of my all time favorites, but in the last, 5 or 6 years or so, I really could not get with the syrupy pop/anthem stuff, just wasn't working for me. But the new single, Memories, from their forthcoming album Hurley, out on September 14th (on Epitaph) is really fun and hearkens back to the old school Weezer we know and love. The song is all about the 90's, so us old folks can relate! Plus, who can ... Read More

First Run Females

BY Phoebe Magee in Eat Me |

            Remember when Kathryn Bigelow won an Oscar and for a minute, the whole world was talking about women directing films?  It’s not a bad issue to return to, considering that female voices are still notably, even shockingly, absent in our theaters.  At the end of 2009, Indiewire published a set of dismal statistics regarding women in film over this last decade (the 00’s)—in ... Read More

Some Pretty Cute Food

BY Nissa in Eat Me |

I keep hearing on the news that the reign of cupcakes in the fad-food hierarchy is finally coming to an end. And while I think that the idea of trendy food is kind of dumb, I couldn't help being intrigued by an article which predicts that "Popsicles" and frozen treats will the next big thing.  The "Popsicle" was invented on accident in 1905 when an eleven year old accidentally left water, powdered soda and a stick outside on a cold night. Since then, the food, ... Read More
I cracked up when I saw this link to a spread in GQ where some of our favorite movie star dudes let it all hang out. Photographed by pal and BUST contributor, Danielle Levitt, we have Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, and Chris Evans lettin' it blow in the breeze in their photo shoot promoting the Scott Pilgrim movie. I'm not sure if the actual magazine has the bits blurred out or not, I guess I'm just gonna have to take a trip to my local newsstand and find out. ... Read More
Day one. Adriana and I caught the 7:20am Amtrak to San Diego. Before reaching the entrance to the convention, we collected enough schwag to cloth a classroom full of Scott Pilgrim fans. I must admit the first day can be overwhelming. It's very hard for the brain to process a fantasy realm come to life. Seeing Ewoks in the bathroom and then meeting the cast of Star Trek the Next Generation was enough to make me wonder if I was on the holodeck. Can't wait for ... Read More
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