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Saturday Links: First Edition

A new weekly feature in which we share our favorite internet odds and ends!

Happy first weekend day on Rookie EVER! Every Saturday from now on, we present to you a list of stuff we saw online that week that we enjoyed and wanted to share. Basically, our hidden agenda is to make sure children never go outside. Did you come across anything good this week? What’d we miss? Tell me more, tell me more, like does it have a car?


The final episode of The Nick and Nora Variety Hour! just came out. TRULY EPIC. It is made here in Chicago.

Ann Friedman is the nation’s top gif-reactor. Here, she recaps the first presidential debate, using only the most effective images of Rihanna and Will Ferrell.

My favorite internet thing this week is the Tumblr SadYouTube. It’s a compilation of wistful comments that people have left on various YouTube videos, and reading through them is like getting to peek into someone’s memories for a second. The creator of the site clarified that it’s not a blog meant to make fun of commenters for posting these things, but rather a glimpse into “these amazing nuggets of humanity—heartbreaking moments from people’s lives recalled by an old favourite song, stories of love and loss, perfectly crystallized moments of nostalgia and saudade, all of which would be lost forever if it weren’t for YouTube’s easy, mostly anonymous commenting system,” which makes the entire thing even better, because you know it’s coming from a kindhearted place rather than a “Haha, look at the stupid people having FEELINGS!!” place. The stories cover everything from lost loves to hazy childhood flashbacks and are lovely in their own weird Internet way. The post for The Skyliners’ song “Since I Don’t Have You,” reads: “My true love was 15 years old and was killed in a plane crash and I have never loved someone so much in all my life RIP JoAnne I am now 72.” If that doesn’t break your heart and make you wonder about all of the stories people have never told anyone but anonymous internet strangers at 3 AM while staring sadly at a YouTube clip, I’m not sure anything can.

I also loved “The Killer Crush: The Horror of Teenage Girls, From Columbiners to Beliebers,” an insightful, fascinating piece by Rachel Monroe on The Awl. It’s about how teenage girls can find a sense of release through crushes, even those that would be considered offensive or creepy by most. In particular, the author discusses the “Columbiner” subculture, and how those who participate in it find lightness while bonding over a dark subject. It is a reminder that connecting with people over even the most bewildering (and, to many people, horrifying) obsessions can provide a sense of community and a relief from “the feels.”

I have a lot of thoughts about Beyoncé and Toni Braxton and Adele and Kelly Clarkson, and heretofore always thought I was alone. Not so! Jay Caspian Kang is on the Diva Watch for Grantland.

Speaking of divas and Beyoncé, here is her younger sister Solange’s new music video! I want all these clothes.

[When I was trying to get a good screenshot of “Losing You” for this post's featured image, I guess I just COULDN'T HANDLE THE BEAUTY and decided these all needed to be paused and posted in a row and recognized for impeccable styling and Solange charm and UGH, YOU GUYS, HER FACE AND THAT SUNSET. —Tavi]

Suzanne Moore’s column this week touched on not only Jimmy Savile—a well-known figure in Britain recently accused of sexual abuse after his death—but also other crimes in which teenage girls are not taken seriously enough, summed up in this quote: “We don’t believe what teenage girls say, while at the same time bemoaning their ‘sexualisation,’ which mostly comes down to wearing what is fashionable or actually school uniform.”


The Clueless high school reunion is probably the only high school reunion I would ever attend. SO SURREAL! I LOVE THEM ALL!

30 Rock is back! And I want to make an embroidered pillow of every line in this episode. And a DVD box set of God Cop.

When photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally moved to Bushwick in 1996, she met Andy, an eight-year-old “wild child” who had a big presence in the neighborhood. They grew close, and Kenneally documented the hardships Andy faced as he grew from the playful boy who fed the neighborhood strays to a teenager who sold drugs to buy food for his family. The resulting photographs, posted on the New York Times Lens blog this week, are tender, gritty, upsetting, and beautiful.

Sometimes I sneak onto the internet when I’m at work at my front-desk-type job, and nobody notices. That wasn’t the case when I saw this post on Jezebel. I had to hold back my tears, and it was awkward. Wisconsin local news anchor Jennifer Livingston received a scathingly passive-aggressive note from an infrequent viewer about her weight—he described it as her PHYSICAL CONDITION, and said it was a menace to society or whatever. Her composed response gave me shivers, cutting to the heart of an attack disguised as “community concern” and getting to the real issue, which is the prevalence of bullying culture. Could she have handled this better? I think that would be impossible. For this, Jennifer Livingston lives forever on a pedestal in my heart.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Tig Notaro this week (I recommended her album Good One just two days ago) and then yesterday I got an email from Louis CK (I wish I could say it was PERSONALLY TO ME but it was a thing he sent out to his mailing list of fans), announcing that he put a new set of hers on his site for $5. I downloaded it immediately.

Tig has always been one of my favorite comedians, but she’s never talked much about her personal life onstage. Then in the past year a string of horrible things happened to her that would be comical if they weren’t happening to a real person. She was hospitalized with pneumonia; in the hospital she contracted a bacterial infection (from taking antibiotics, ironically) that almost killed her. Two days after she got out of the hospital her mother fell down and hit her head and died. Then, Tig’s girlfriend dumped her. Not bad enough? Guess what? Right after that, grieving and heartbroken, she found out she had cancer in both of her breasts.

The day of her cancer diagnosis, she had a show scheduled at Largo in L.A. She went onstage and, for the first time in her career, talked about herself in a really personal and raw and intimate way. I know I said that none of this stuff is funny, but Tig makes you laugh so much when she talks about it. From Louis CK’s email:

“I stood in the wings behind a leg of curtain, about eight feet from her, and watched her tell a stunned audience, ‘Hi. I have cancer. Just found out today. I’m going to die soon.’ What followed was one of the greatest standup performances I ever saw… [It] was an amazing example of what comedy can be. A way to visit your worst fears and laugh at them.”

You can buy that set—again, for just FIVE DOLLARS—here.

(Since that recording Tig has had a double mastectomy and she’s doing fine, so don’t worry about her! Just buy her show. I mean if you want to.) ♦


  • victoria October 6th, 2012 12:42 PM


    • victoria October 6th, 2012 12:46 PM


    • Gwendomouse October 9th, 2012 12:17 PM

      Nobody ever mentions how Brittany Murphy died: of Bulimia. Doesn’t quite fit in with all the fluffy comedy fun, does it? Let’s just keep pretending eating disorders don’t exist, and all models and actresses just have a REALLY fast metabolism.

  • Tavi October 6th, 2012 12:48 PM

    also omg guys, this interview:
    (anaheed just shared it in our staff Facebook group) (DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR IDEA OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK TAINTED)

    • Delilah October 6th, 2012 2:59 PM

      Ugh. Vertigo makes a lot of sense now.

    • Allyssa October 6th, 2012 3:45 PM

      all of the lion talk, “thank god we made it” and the “O.K., I missed that one O.K.” WHAT IS THAT?? and her photo, oh gosh it’s all too much

    • caro nation October 6th, 2012 5:09 PM

      Good premise for Rookie live through this article or otherwise: adoring the truly astounding, idiosyncratic, fanaticism-worthy oeuvre of someone (like Hitchcock), but being personally offended or at least in disagreement with their morals/actions/over-confident penis brandishing. Or the disparity between a rookie readers’ typical retromania and feminist outlook, and dealing with the (much more blatant) evidence of the acceptability of sexism/racism/etc, in a lot of dated art, depending on its era and cultural status.

      actually, can I call dibs on writing this and then submitting it? can I do that? If so, this is me, calling dibs. I’m really thinking about this now.


      • Lascelles October 7th, 2012 10:11 AM

        A month after the HBO movie, there will be another, very positive movie, described as “a love story” about Al and his wife. I think it would be more interesting to watch both and then write something.


      • Libby October 7th, 2012 10:50 AM

        that is the best phrase ever.
        also pls write that article.

    • cj575 October 6th, 2012 5:41 PM

      Oh nooo…you warned me. That is shocking!

    • EdieSedgwick October 7th, 2012 12:53 PM

      oH MY GOD

  • cosmic-vomit October 6th, 2012 12:52 PM

    Uh-oh. Brittany Murphy feels.

  • periwinkle_dreams October 6th, 2012 2:08 PM

    SO excited about 30 Rock! And that episode was awesome…

    “Let’s conversation!”
    “We are having weather.”
    “Much weather!”

    I died xD

  • Mollie October 6th, 2012 2:20 PM

    i’m in a hitchcock class this semester. what i’ve learned: he was fucked up.

  • taste test October 6th, 2012 3:32 PM

    sadyoutube is made of perfection, thank you! I read youtube comments on songs a lot and even though a lot of it is the kind of stupid shit youtube comments are famous for, occasionally there will be thoughtful comments or memories like that site posts. I definitely have some things to submit there!

  • kolumbia October 6th, 2012 3:56 PM


  • Emilie October 6th, 2012 4:48 PM

    omg the gif debate

  • Chimdi October 6th, 2012 4:59 PM


  • Lascelles October 6th, 2012 5:42 PM

    I like Adele’s new song for Skyfall.


    • Lascelles October 7th, 2012 5:44 PM

      Oh and I saw the new Wuthering Heights today. It’s really good.

      • victoria October 8th, 2012 4:34 AM

        it IS really good. although is it just me or did it induce a deluge of tears in you as well?

  • sweeteelou October 6th, 2012 5:44 PM

    I am now aware of how many amazing parts of the internet I have never seen.
    I am never leaving my house ever again.
    Just kidding! Love this.

  • I.ila October 6th, 2012 6:35 PM

    Thank you so much amy rose those pictures were beautiful and so stunning.

  • argigle October 6th, 2012 6:58 PM

    that photo set.

  • jenaimarley October 6th, 2012 6:59 PM

    Yay weekend Rookies!
    Also BAM! Dylan’s post; I love when rude and ignorant comments are used to make outstanding and inspiring points.
    Really awesome posts!

    • jenaimarley October 6th, 2012 7:03 PM

      And Rose! Those photographs! Sort of Diane Arbus / Nan Golden / the Frontline documentary on at risk youth I just watched in my public policy class.

  • Eryn October 6th, 2012 7:46 PM

    So many mixed feelings. It’s kind of weird to see them as ‘adults’…
    Also I’ve always liked the tv series most.


  • guiltfreedonut October 6th, 2012 7:50 PM

    NOOOO, Cher will always be a teenager! It’s so weird seeing them all grown up and old!

  • tangratoe October 6th, 2012 8:11 PM

    30 rock!! <3

  • Maddy October 6th, 2012 8:17 PM

    yeah Anaheed I came across the same story about Tig Notaro’s incredible show on YouTube recently and I really want to hear it! Also, most of the other links were really depressing and I just watched Doubt and now child molestation is on the mind. :/

  • Resh October 6th, 2012 9:00 PM

    Bamm!! Weekend contentOMG!! Tavi, I couldn’t watch the 30 Rock episode you proposed, as I’m not in the US, can you suggest me somewhere else to watch it?
    Also, Anaheed, that’s what I call inspiring. Be sure I’ll put that in my next free-topic-choice essay!! :’)

  • junebug October 6th, 2012 10:01 PM


  • anisarose October 6th, 2012 10:38 PM

    i like this idea! although i don’t think this is going to help me focus on writing college apps…


  • Jessica W October 7th, 2012 1:31 AM

    The Killer Crush article was about the most terrifying thing I’ve read for a long time. I can’t believe I’d never heard of the Holmies…
    Obsessive teenage girls are dangerous man!

    The Lovelorn

  • RXLWK October 7th, 2012 9:19 AM

    Thanks for the link to buy the Tig Notaro set!

  • Serena.K October 7th, 2012 10:26 AM

    not gonna lie though i was more sad than i should be that paul rudd wasn’t there

  • raggedyanarchy October 7th, 2012 12:44 PM

    Weekend Rookie! Hoorah!
    Rose, I’m pretty much crying right now. Brenda Kenneally finds the BEST stories and portrays them in a perfect way.

  • all-art-is-quite-useless October 7th, 2012 2:16 PM

    links to articles about girls who crush on murderers (feeling a mix of fascinated and scared) and a kid’s tv presenter who raped children… not feeling in a good place right now…

    • Tavi October 7th, 2012 2:26 PM

      watch solange’s video and you’ll feel better!

  • Mags October 7th, 2012 3:11 PM

    thank you so much for the link to tig’s set. i’ve wanted to listen to it so much and did not know that it was on sale!

  • RockHatesMiriam October 7th, 2012 4:50 PM

    not sure that you guys should be endorsing Jezebel :/

  • GlitterKitty October 7th, 2012 7:53 PM

    What is all this posted here on the weekend? Ahhhhh!!!! This is crazy. But in a good way.

  • Jips October 8th, 2012 10:01 AM

    I live in and come from Cape Town, it’s super sweet to see that fash peeps like Solange are realising how boss it is down here. SA so fre$$$h! Also, it was cool to see my buddy JR in the video, which is gorgeous <3 <3 <3

  • tove October 8th, 2012 10:04 AM

    OH GOD, YES. Rookie on weekends, my dream came true.

  • CPT October 8th, 2012 11:53 AM

    More on Tig Notaro


  • jenaimarley October 8th, 2012 4:12 PM

    Tig on fresh air today!!!!!!

  • ashleylynn.nl October 9th, 2012 6:12 AM

    Yay, rookie on saturdays!

  • tavirose October 10th, 2012 2:06 AM

    Looove solange’s style!!!

  • Frannie Lou October 11th, 2012 1:14 AM

    Ah, this is such a great article! I love this new segment.
    Also, about Anaheed’s entry on Tig Notaro – my older sister Cheyenne (http://cheyennesophia.blogspot.com/) is currently in LA, and she has a friend who happens to be best friends with Tig Notaro, so she’s been telling my mom and I about the amount of time she’s gotten to spend with her lately and how cool she is. Totally freakin’ rad, right?

  • mayaautumn October 11th, 2012 11:47 AM

    woah loving this new feature!


  • Cutesycreator aka Monica October 30th, 2012 1:33 PM

    I’m *ahem* embarrassingly late with this comment (I’m behind on my Rookie reading; 55 more articles to read til I’m up-to-date! ;P), but this feature looks awesome so far! Rookie on the weekends!!!!! YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!

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  • whyamidreamingwhenimstillawake November 3rd, 2013 7:52 PM