Ireland has passed the "Protection of Life During Pregnancy" bill into law - and thank (non-denominational) God(s), the "life" being protected here is actually the pregnant woman's. Ireland's zealously religious "pro-life" cultural climate pushed against this decision with protests and debates for months now. Even when Savita Halappanavar tragically died after being denied an abortion in Ireland last year, her widower Praveen had a straightforward ... Read More
Witches are real and they do sail across the night sky on broomsticks. Well, more like plywood and canvas airplanes. This is what the Nazis thought of the “Night Witches,” a group of young Russian women volunteering themselves to fight (and fly) for their country. They flew under the moonlight, their only tools being maps and compasses—no parachutes, radios, or radars. They completed 30,000 missions over 4 years and dropped about 23,000 tons of ... Read More
Haze, 2003, Plastic Straws The materials an artist uses clearly says something about their aesthetic, but at the same time a material can be neutral enough to be transformative. Such is the case with Tara Donovan, who, by using humble, everyday materials such as plastic cups and straws, manages to create ephemeral spaces in which the viewer gets tricked. I say tricked because by utilizing utilitarian materials, Donovan provides the viewer with a passage into the ... Read More
For those of you who don’t know Carla Bruni, she is a quick-witted Italian-French songwriter, musician, model and the former First Lady of France. I randomly came across her music about 8 years ago while working on a short film about a French girl in New York and I loved it without even knowing who the hell she was. It’s a little jazz, a little pop, a little romance and a little wild. For me, I don’t need to understand the words to get down with ... Read More
  Worlds collide! Jay-Z's latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, is a hat tip to the contemporary art scene. As if being married to the Queen art historian herself wasn't enough, Mr. Carter is releasing six pieces of his own art to accompany his record. The video for his new song “Picasso Baby” seems to be the first. For the vid, Jay stared into the eyes of famed performance artist Marina Abramovic in Chelsea's Pace Gallery ... Read More
  Apparently mannequins are the reason men rape women. I’m sorry...WHAT?! I wish this was a joke, but no - popular opinion in Mumbai is pushing the government to ban lingerie-clad mannequins from storefronts. Yes, those plastic people. They say the mannequins get men too excited and cause them to go out into the street with a need to rape and abuse women and girls. Many people in Mumbai are absolutely furious with these accusations. Being highly ... Read More
Ready for BUST’s 20th Anniversary Extravaganza? All of us here at BUST are bracing ourselves for the amazing lineup of performers that we have. One fantastic comedian that’ll be sailing with us for the evening is the one and only Julie Klausner. Julie has a lot to get off her chest. She really has a way with words, being that she is a comedian, writer, performer, author and podcaster and never fails to impress us or make us laugh.   Julia’s ... Read More
Now to get kicked out of a child’s swim park you have to be doing something pretty obscene, right? Wearing a bikini apparently falls under that context.   Madelyn Shaeffer, a 42-year-old mother from Missouri, was kicked out of Adventure Oasis Water Park for wearing a bikini on premises. Such a scandal, America! While playing with her children in one of the park pools, Shaeffer was approached by park staff and they asked her to put shorts over her bikini ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of rape and abortion. There's been a lot of talk about abortion rights lately, especially with the controversy surroundingTexas' SB 5. A young girl in Chile is now experiencing the awful consequences of restricted regulations on women's health care. What happens when an 11-year-old girl is continuously raped, resulting in a pregnancy that would put the life of the unborn as well as her own in danger, and is ... Read More
  As an artist and frequenter of the contemporary art world, I have yet to be as impressed with painting as I am with the works of Iris Grace Halmshaw. Iris Grace is a 3 year-old from England and she is autistic. She has trouble expressing herself through words and social interactions - instead, she's incredibly in tune with the language of color, movement and rhythm. She can pick up a brush and go for hours, only stopping to squeal with excitement. The ... Read More
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