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Saturday Links: Deep Inside “Moonrise Kingdom” Edition

Script secrets, fake girlfriends, new lizards. Plus! Ryan Gosling somehow finds a way to become even more attractive (?!?!?!?).


Focus Features posted an interactive version of the Moonrise Kingdom script, and it’s full of film stills, production drawings, artwork, and storyboards. This peek into Wes Anderson’s creative process really shows off the way he links up beautiful illustration, thoughtful cinematography, evocative music, and cute dialogue. If you loved the film as much as I did (i.e., a lot), this will make you love it even more.

Are we all following the bananas story of the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax?! Basically, this University of Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o was in a long-distance relationship with a woman in California named Lennay Kekua. They were madly in love and talked every day, tweeting cute things at each other all the time. In early September, Te’o's grandmother AND Kekua died. Despite having so much tragedy in his life, Te’o soldiered on and ended up leading his team to victory, which sparked a campaign to give him the Heisman Trophy, which is awarded to the “most distinguished” college football player of the year. All of this was heavily covered by the media—newspapers, TV stations, etc., all reported the sob story of Kekua and Te’o's relationship, and the personal strength Te’o showed by triumphing on the gridiron despite his grief. BUT WAIT…it turns out that Kekua IS NOT REAL. Ohmygod guys, WHAT?

With some good old-fashioned reporting that examined the tweets, the phone calls, and the media coverage of the affair, the blog Deadspin uncovered an intricate web of lies. Now Te’o says he was pranked, although he previously claimed he met Kekua IRL in California. It’s still hard to know what to believe–was Te’o hoaxed, or was he the hoaxer? With easy internet access, ubiquitous social media, and cheap webcams (I mean, Te’o must have heard of Skype?), it seems impossible to fall in love with a fake person over the internet without at least getting suspicious, and yet it happens all the time. The whole thing reminds me of the movie Catfish (which has been widely speculated to have been a hoax itself), in which (this is only a spoiler if you have not heard a single thing about this movie, nor watched any part of it) a dude finds out that his online “girlfriend” is not who she said she was. On that note, please make friends on the web verrry cautiously. For example, how do you know Rookie isn’t run by a bunch of 50-year-old white dudes? HAVE YOU MET US? HAVE YOU? Exactly.

I have also been obsessed with the insanity of the Manti Te’o story, but as the scandal continues to blow up, I can’t help thinking about it in the context of this piece from a few weeks ago, which contrasts the reaction to the Penn State molestation scandal with the silence around the alleged rape and eventual suicide of a young woman at Notre Dame. There’s something troubling about the fact that Notre Dame’s athletic director has publicly teared up about what happened to Manti but has yet to express a word of condolence or sadness about the death of Lizzy Seeberg, who killed herself after teammates of her accused rapist reportedly texted her, “Messing with Notre Dame football is a bad idea.” At Salon, Irin Carmon gets into the sad truth that the University has expressed more sorrow about a player’s fake girlfriend than the tragic suicide of real girl.

On a lighter note, our BOSS LADY stars in this just-posted fantastical animated tale about a cadaver that comes back to life to handle some unfinished business. It’s funny and great and I’m not just saying that because she’s the top dog around here. It’s because I really love it. BONUS: Watch the closing credits for Tavi’s sweet cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold”:

Whenever I hear news of a new species, it reminds me how amazing and beautiful our little planet can be, and makes me wonder what else goes on here without our knowledge. And look at this guy! He’s gorgeous!

This story about planetary parks is so amazing that it sounds like it is the dream project of future president Leslie Knope: leading thinkers on space are proposing a planetary park system would would set aside land on other planets as protected areas. In the coming years of human exploration, certain swaths of Mars desert would be off-limits to development and other high-impact activities; there’s already a proposal to ensure that if people ever make it to a Martian park, they’ll have to pack out their garbage when they leave. Like Yellowstone, but in space! No word yet on if we’ll be allowed to feed stale bread to our Martian duck overlords–but now I’ve said too much!


Robyn rules pretty much everything and this li’l interview with her is the BEST! Watching it I realized that I had never really heard her talk before. Her voice is so cute! She talks about cool crowds, touring and what she’s listening to, but mostly this just makes me want to see her live SO BADLY! ROBYN, PLEASE COME TO NEW YORK! I LOVE YOU.

This week the internet offered up some smart discussions of the predominately white, dudely nature of the indie-music world. First, MTV Hive’s Martin Douglas candidly describes the Unbearable Whiteness of Indie. Then there’s The L Magazine‘s “Women Who Rock! (On the Still Male-Dominated Business Side of Indie Rock),” a bombshell batch of interviews with managers, publicists, and writers on the gender dynamics of the music industry. While these women acknowledge that some things have changed for the better, they also describe a sometimes taxing uphill battle to be taken as seriously as their male colleagues. Both pieces also get into ways to create more opportunities for anyone in indie rock who isn’t a white man. As Pitchfork’s Lindsay Zoladz says, quoting filmmaker Sally Potter, “‘As more women achieve in a given area, they are forced to compete with each other for the same space rather than the space itself expanding.’ And since I’ve become a music journalist, I’m always asking myself, ‘How can we make this particular space expand?’” These pieces are both critical and uplifting, especially for those of us who are still hanging out on the margins.

My favorite interviews are the ones between two people whose work you love, and who are obviously fans of each other. So I was psyched when Jessica brought this interview between Miranda July and Lena Dunham to our attention. (Just press “cancel” when the printer options come up, then expand the window—it’s the only way to see the whole interview on one clean page without a lot of distracting ads and JavaScript.) The women talk about making stuff–art, choices, money, etc.–and get down to the real details of their lives in a way that is so satisfying to read. As Miranda says in the intro, “This is how girls talk to one another when they really like each other.

Speaking of awesome conversations between awesome women, our own Danielle Henderson interviewed her 80-year-old grandmother, Carole, this week about Carole’s main passion in life: horror movies. My favorite part is where Danielle’s grandma says it’s healthy to show scary movies to little kids, because it will teach them to be careful—for example, she says, a woman should always carry a knife to use against potential rapists. “But women shouldn’t feel that they have to run with knives,” Danielle says, very sensibly. “We should teach men that they shouldn’t rape people.” To which the amazing Carole responds: “I don’t care. I don’t care. That’s not the world today. What you think they should do or shouldn’t do, that’s not the world today. Carry a knife. Cut his throat. Let him think about being cut up before he even put his hands on you. I’m not kidding.” Not a bad idea for a horror film.

AND SPEAKING OF FILM! (How you like my segues this week?) Rookie buddy and contributor Etgar Keret sent us this video, directed by Goran Dukic, of Etgar’s story “What Do We Have in Our Pockets?”:

It’s charming and romantic and an example of something Etgar wants to see more of: little movies that are like music videos for short stories. Such a good idea! They’re showing it at Sundance right about now.

Ryan Gosling wears many hats. He’s an actor, a savior to people who are about to be hit by moving taxis, and an icon of modern feminism (another shout-out to my fellow Rookie Danielle!). But now Gosling has revealed perhaps his most impressive title yet: KNITTER. In an interview with GQ Australia, Gosling said that his perfect day would consist of nonstop needlecraft. Even better, he learned how to knit from a group of grannies. Maybe this means he will make me a scarf to match the sweater he has already knitted around my HEART?

Emma S.

I don’t know how moving to New York in 2008 means that you can be crowned Miss New York by 2012, but I am glad that Miss New York became Miss America last night, if only because we got to see her do this completely ridiculous tap dance to a James Brown song.

I really enjoyed Haley Mlotek’s interview with author Kate Zambreno over at the Random House blog Hazlitt. They discuss literary representations of shopgirls, a trope that appears in Zambreno’s novel Green Girl and Jean Rhys’s Good Morning Midnight (to which Green Girl pays tribute). I’ve yet to read any of Zambreno’s books (they’re next on my list, I swear), but I have worked a ton of retail jobs, so I know I’ll relate.

This past Wednesday, the #IdleNoMore protestors held a national day of action, spurring protests all over Canada. In a nutshell, Idle No More is a Native movement started by a group of activists last fall protesting policies that harm indigenous people, but that’s a really simple way of putting it. Gyasi Ross at Racialicious has written a comprehensive introduction to what the movement is about, what’s being protested, and why it should matter to everybody. The Canadian network CTV has an extensive photo gallery of this week’s protests in British Columbia, Toronto, Alberta, Quebec, Winnipeg, and along the U.S. border.

Sarah Hagi wrote a smart and funny personal essay for Worn Fashion Journal about her decision to wear the hijab (full disclosure, I work for Worn). In her words: “I wear the hijab because I am a Muslim woman, and I believe my hair and my body are my business, and mine only.”

I love zines; I’ve been making and collecting them for 18 years. “My Life Is an Open Book” is an exhibition celebrating work by women zinesters, and featuring mostly “perzines” (zines about the creators’ personal experiences). It runs January 14 to April 13 on the campus of the University of Chicago. If you’re in the neighborhood, you should pop in. Otherwise, you can check it out here.

The “voodoo punk Marie Antoinette”-inspired makeup at designer Vivienne Westwood’s show during Paris Fashion Week reminded me of the Queen of Hearts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (one of my favorite books)! Watch the heart-shaped faces blossom backstage. Très cool.

And finally, this week I stumbled across the launch of the Vroom Vroom Vespa Acoustic Tour documentary. The six-part film is about the 2010 tour by the musicians Shanti Wintergate and Greg Attonito (from the New Jersey punk band The Bouncing Souls), along with Kepi Ghoulie and Kevin Seconds. Instead of hopping on a bus, the group traveled the Northeast on Vespas (!), which allowed them to make more intimate contact with the communities they encountered along the way. On breaks from performing, they spoke at schools and organized events to promote self-expression and environmental awareness, and stayed at people’s homes instead of hotels. Shanti and Greg also recently released music for children under the name Play Date. I bought their Imagination CD for my little nephew, and he adores it! It’s got tons of cute song titles, like “Dance Like a Monster.” Raaaawr! ♦


  • MissKnowItAll January 19th, 2013 12:42 PM

    I feel awful for Manti Teo. Sure, he shouldv’e pressed on about thus guirl, but to fall in love and realize it was a fake is something I can relate to.
    I dont know if you’ve done a piece on the rape case in New Delhi, but i think ther should

  • thatchocoholic January 19th, 2013 1:29 PM

    Don’t even get me STARTED on Moonrise Kingdom. Most genius, perfect movie in the friggin’ WORLD.


    I’m thinking of making a shrine for Suzy Bishop.


    • goma January 19th, 2013 9:41 PM

      I LOVE Moonrise Kingdom. It’s probably my favorite movie ever

      I think tommorrow I’m going to be making a shrine to Suzy and Sam.

    • Jessica W January 20th, 2013 3:33 AM

      I totally saw this movie at the rental store today and thought aloud “oh that looks good”.
      My friend (bless her heart xxxxx) said something along the lines of “ew hipster movie” and I backed down.
      You have convinced me to STAND STRONG and I am going to rent this movie.
      *tears of joy*

      The Lovelorn

  • selinau January 19th, 2013 1:53 PM

    Wow, Anatomy of The Heart is too wonderful and Tavi’s cover of Heart of Gold bought tears to my eyes. Beautiful. Are you Tavi planing on making more music? Or are you like making an album etc.? ‘Cause I think you have a very unique sound and you sing beautifully, I’d love to hear more(as I think quite many would).
    You remind me on some level of Joni Mitchell, maybe it’s the brightness of your voice.

    Haven’t read Rookie for a while but it’s sure nice to be back.


    • Tavi January 19th, 2013 3:35 PM

      Thank you! That’s very kind. The singing was just for Cadaver, I don’t think I’d do it again, but it was fun. Thank you Rose for including it!

  • Thegirlwiththehat January 19th, 2013 2:08 PM

    the best links ever!!!

  • wishfulwanderer January 19th, 2013 2:13 PM

    ugh tavi, I LOVE your cover of “Heart of Gold.” so good.

  • Tyknos93 January 19th, 2013 2:28 PM

    Cadavers was so cute! Tavi has a lovely voice. I’ve been waiting for this to be posted for a while.

    Danielle’s Grandma is PERFECT! She reminds me of my grandpa actually. The type to say EVERYTHING that flies into their mind and be SPOT ON!

    So many good links. So many tabs. So little time.


  • Kathting January 19th, 2013 2:57 PM

    Cadaver is brilliant and Tavi is just perfect in it, so so many snaps for everyone behind it

  • unefillecommetoi January 19th, 2013 3:13 PM

    dear rookie staff: thanks a lot. seriously. i’ve been in this patch of uncreativeness/ not trusting what i’ve come up to and all these links are like a board of awesome inspirations that somehow got me back on track. thank you (:

  • Lucy23 January 19th, 2013 3:36 PM

    Tavi you have such a beautiful voice
    Cadaver was so cute and sweet


  • Eryn January 19th, 2013 3:45 PM

    Ah!!!!! Caitlin thank you thank you thank you for sharing the Moonrise Kingdom script.

    And Tavi, you did a beautiful job with that short film! I think your voice was perfect for the part. And your singing is gorgeous. <3 <3 <3


  • AnnaH January 19th, 2013 4:09 PM

    I love Robyn, this just made my day. Cadaver and Tavi are pretty brilliant too tho


  • MissKnowItAll January 19th, 2013 4:25 PM

    Your voice is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

  • GlitterKitty January 19th, 2013 5:58 PM

    The article about white people and indie music was really interesting. I went to an indie concert recently (with my dad LOL) and one of his comments was “well, there sure was a lot of white people there”. At the concert I didn’t really take much notice but it was true. I never really thought about how music can be so connected to race but now I see that they’re so connected. Very good article.

  • FlowerPower January 19th, 2013 7:20 PM

    This is without a doubt the best Saturday links yet! I mean Moonrise Kingdom =<3, scandals are always shocking (by the way, I looked up catfish on youtube and a lot of the comments were about Manti, funny how that works), the cadaver story was cute in an extremely strange way (Tavi's narration fit in perfectly), animals are the bomb, and Ms. New York just made me laugh so hard. Oh gosh, Ms. New York. ahaha, thanks so much for posting this great stuff guys!

  • catpower44 January 19th, 2013 7:23 PM

    Tavi your voice is really quite beautiful! You are an amazing singer and the animated film was so cool! I loved it!
    Also, I just spent like half an hour looking at the Moonrise Kingdom script OMG SO AMAZING. Ooops I was supposed to be studying for exams….Oh well, it was super awesome anyways Caitlin! There will always be a spot in my heart for Suzy and Sam! <3


  • Jasmine January 19th, 2013 7:28 PM

    AMAZING links you guys shared on this lovely Saturday afternoon.
    I especially loved the little peek into Moonrise Kingdom c:

  • Katherine January 19th, 2013 8:13 PM

    I was just stalked by a creepy guy on Thursday, so Carole’s advice on knives really hit home (though Danielle’s point is so true). Do you think a Doberman would be enough to deter someone?

    • Violet January 20th, 2013 6:51 PM

      Call the police and signal the person.
      You can also ask them what they would advise you to do. In any case don’t handle this matter alone, and build a support network around you through awareness.


  • 3LL3NH January 19th, 2013 9:39 PM

    What Do We Have in Our Pockets? made me feel good inside. I like his voice.

    Good links overall! I only sometimes read them, and it was so worth it today!

  • zhajean January 19th, 2013 10:33 PM

    the interactive version of the Moonrise Kingdom script is amazing!!


  • Snacky Onassis January 19th, 2013 11:20 PM

    Oh wow, that tap dancing! There is something about someone’s complete commitment to something slightly ludicrous that is just so charming…

  • Mimi7 January 19th, 2013 11:49 PM

    Weird, I haven’t ever really listened to Robyn, but today I listened to a lot of her songs. The rookie staff should seriously become psychics, this happens so much. Great links, I like all of them!


  • Yazmine January 20th, 2013 1:53 AM

    I was really excited to see the link for the zine exhibition; I’ve become obsessed with zine making over the summer holidays (it’s that time of year in Australia) and managed to whip up two of them


    • giov January 20th, 2013 2:31 AM

      have you heard of the http://www.stickyinstitute.com/? it’s a cool little zine gallery/shop in Melbourne (not sure where in Australia you’re located). you should send your zines in!

  • llamalina January 20th, 2013 4:04 AM


    the whole manti te’o thing is just suspicious and confusing. i don’t want to form an opinion on it until all of the facts are out, because i don’t know what to believe yet. it’s a very good testament to how dangerous the internet can really be these days, though. and the notre dame rape scandal…..i can’t even begin to describe how much things like that upset me. that’s just wrong. it makes me so angry that /football/ is more important than the fact that a woman was raped and driven to suicide.

    cadaver was really cute and sweet, but actually really sad, in a way. i don’t know. it definitely caught me off guard, it was very creative. and tavi’s cover was so great! i loved it.


  • mayaautumn January 20th, 2013 4:16 AM

    the zine link is perfect. i have been making them a lot recently, though, saying that, i found a couple of zine-type-things i made when i was about seven….all about bug jewellery and another about hsm!


    • KatGirl January 20th, 2013 12:05 PM

      Agreed. I have also been making zines a lot and I used to make zine-ish (zinical? zinesque?) things too. Most of mine involved “hamster birthday parties”, penguins who wore bows, cried, and wanted to be best friends with a human girl (me), “crazy cat house”,princesses with giant pet butterflies, “ancient greeks had the first TVs”, or “my name is ANna i haev a lot of mony i love it!”. I was a strange child – _-

  • Isabelle97 January 20th, 2013 7:41 AM

    Cadaver is great! I’m defs going to get the book when it comes out on amazon. I make crappy little stop motion animations in my spare time so that kind of thing really appeals to me! <3

  • Badlands January 20th, 2013 11:14 AM

    Anna, thanks for sharing the “Plight of the Shopgirl” interview, I read it at my retail job! It never occurred to me that there were BOOKS about this! I can’t wait to read both of them….and then find a new job.

  • bonjourminou January 20th, 2013 4:02 PM

    When I saw Lena Dunham’s tweet about being interviewed by Miranda July, I pretty much squealed with delight. I’m so happy a link’s been included here! They are both absurdly talented and I’m really grateful for the both of them being pro-woman, pro-feminist, pro-art, pro-bad-ass.

  • babyybat January 20th, 2013 4:28 PM

    I love the weekend links/comics! Question, What happened to the Face-ics?

  • Violet January 20th, 2013 6:57 PM

    Hey Rookies,
    I’m going to play party-pooper again, but wanted to throw this in:

    I LOVE the Saturday links.
    However they are never better than when they are a mix of fun stuff and actual info on what’s going on in the world (as when Anaheed put up a bunch of info on the New Dehli story, about Malala, etc.).

    It can be distressing when they are missing, because one feels as if Rookie could be this world full of fun, sweet things that are easily disconnected from what’s going on and matters to society.

    Like, in the past weeks Aaron Swartz committed suicide, it’s a BIG THING. His story is important to all of us, and nowhere was this mentionned on Rookie.

    So please consider not forgetting to include stuff like this. It’s important.


    • Anaheed January 20th, 2013 7:34 PM

      This is a really good note, thank you, Violet.

  • katharine January 20th, 2013 11:11 PM

    The Moonrise Kingdom script is amazing and adorable!

    And the rhyming hurt my brain, but Cadaver was also ridiculously cute.


  • AllisonWonderland January 21st, 2013 2:01 AM

    Thank you, Suzy, for linking that MTV Hive essay about the white male-dominated world of indie rock. As an African American born into privilege and opportunity, I’ve definitely experienced the unbearable awkwardness that is attending indie/indie rock/alt shows. It was just refreshing to be reminded I’m not the only one stuck in a weird place and the writer managed to express himself beautifully.

  • Mikazuki42 January 21st, 2013 2:01 PM

    Oh my god, Moonrise Kingdom. Yes.

  • Ginny Mannox April 29th, 2013 1:12 PM

    I saw every Wes Anderson movies and love everyone. But Moonrise Kingdom will be always the very best.

    I’m going to find a tree to chop down.