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Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine is Tracy Crow’s candid account of her experience as one of few female Marines in the 1980s. Crow joins the military in an attempt to find the structure and discipline she needs to stay sober and productive. Instead, she winds up sacrificing her own happiness and endangering her health in order to meet the rigorous standards of an institution where sexism abounds. Growing up with an alcoholic and abusive father, ... Read More
  Reviewed by Maria Elena Buszek Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop Edited by Laura Barcella (Soft Skull)   If the way the Interwebz blew up the minute she hit the stage at the 2012 Super Bowl is any indication, Madonna has not lost her ability to provoke and fascinate—even as she approaches the end of her third decade as a pop icon. This fact is on abundant display in the new anthology Madonna and Me, edited by journalist (and BUST ... Read More
Between their massive environmental footprint and sketchy Fair Trade purchasing track record, Starbucks has its share of questionable business practices. Not to mention the fact that with 16,000 stores worldwide, they're edging out local businesses at a Walmart-level rate. Sometimes "evil" corporations can do good though, and that's just what Starbucks did this week.   During a Q&A session following the annual shareholders meeting last week, Jonathan ... Read More
The lucky ducks who already have our April/May issue have seen the “Buy or DIY” story about making your own natural solid perfume. (It’s so easy, a cavewoman could do it. One with access to a microwave, at least.) Our accompanying “Buy” section offers some fantastic scented-oil perfumes which were sniff-tested in our office by a discriminating panel of BUST staffers and interns. But you’re probably wondering what Brooklyn rocker Andy Animal would ... Read More
Reviewed by Amber Tamblyn The Bigger World By Noelle Kocot (Wave Books) Noelle Kocot’s 2006 book Poem For The End Of Time and Others Poems—a collection about the death of her husband and the subsequent burning cyclone of grief that followed—contains some of the most painful and powerful verses ever unearthed on the subject. But today, Kocot is looking at The Bigger World (Wave Books) and telling the dark, triumphant, and often ... Read More
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