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Saturday Links: Mom-Dancing Edition

Go with the FLOTUS.

Emma S.

This video of Michelle Obama “mom dancing” with Jimmy Fallon is just more proof that she’s the greatest first lady—no, just the greatest lady—in the history of the universe.

Maybe you, like me, have heard of the Beatles song “Norwegian Wood” and the Haruki Murakami novel of the same name, but never asked yourself what’s so special about wood from Norway that warrants all this naming-after. This story from the New York Times this week, about National Firewood Night, a new Norwegian TV show that is truly all about wood, goes a long way toward answering that question. As the program’s host, Rebecca Nedregotten Strand, says, “firewood is the foundation of our lives.”


Kelly Clarkson

Since the 1960s, Clive Davis has been running major record companies (including Columbia, Arista, and Sony Music) and signing countless legends, from Janis Joplin to Whitney Houston. This week, the 80-year-old released The Soundtrack of My Life, a memoir in which he came out as bisexual. He also used the book as a platform to belittle Kelly Clarkson, whom he signed to RCA, by making her sound like an amateurish crybaby instead of the hardworking, gifted singer-songwriter that she is. Refusing to just let Davis talk smack about her, Clarkson defended herself in a WhoSay post she used to clear up what were, in her words, Davis’s “memory lapses and misinformation.” It’s an awesome read because it’s so rare to see anyone publicly call out powerful people in the entertainment industry—but even more awesome because a young woman stood up to THE MAN, who, in this case, is still the head of her label. Growing up, Clarkson wrote, means “you learn you don’t have to cower to anyone—even Clive Davis.” CHURCH.


A picture of Azzedine Alaïa from Terry Richardson's Diary

T magazine’s recent interview with the fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa is so beautiful and inspiring. Alaïa is such a devoted artist, and so genuine. Every day he asks himself, “What am I going to learn today and whom am I going to meet?” Just reading that gives me a lot of hope and good feelings.


This year marks the 200th birthday of the best romance novel of all time, Pride and Prejudice. To commemorate the occasion, SO many things happened this week. Among them: A set of stamps came out in England depicting scenes from all of Jane Austen’s novels. The Hairpin imagined a text conversation between Elizabeth Bennet and her mom. The latest episode of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a modern-day adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Hank Green and Bernie Su, came out, which you can watch right here:

(You can watch the web series from the beginning here.) And a movie theater in Provo, Utah, announced plans to screen, in one day, all six hours of the BBC’s 1995 adaptation, which is SO GOOD and SO ROMANTIC and will make you understand in a very real way why your mom wants to have sex with Colin Firth.


I’m really into Worm Tape, a new music collective of young guys who are producing and remixing older songs. (When the page loads, click on “Artists” to get a list of links to each member’s mixes.) I love that these dudes are taking it old school—with a twist—by teaching a new generation about jazz, electro, and funk!


Yesterday, the Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass asked the internet a serious question: “Would you want a dog that looked exactly like Steve Buscemi?” The answer is YES, but how did Kass not notice that Buscemi has blue eyes, while little Chuchi’s eyes are brown? And maybe a little more reminiscent of, say, Johnny Depp’s or George Clooney’s? ♦


  • flapperhatgirl February 23rd, 2013 12:15 PM

    You know, whenever I hear the song, I DO wonder what’s so special about Norwegian wood.

  • Sorcha M February 23rd, 2013 1:07 PM

    Colin Firth’s wet shirt transcends time and space and the limits of reality

    • Graciexx February 24th, 2013 5:44 AM

      ikr!!!! I have the a copy of that massive painting (you know, the one that was in the gallery at pemberly) in my room at the top of my ‘things i love’ wall :)

      p.s. the bbc version is SOOOOO much better than the movie. just sayin’

      p.p.s. Mrs Bennet is HILARIOUS!

  • carabear February 23rd, 2013 1:25 PM

    Yes!!! Lizzie Bennet Diaries!!!

  • woahmeredith February 23rd, 2013 1:28 PM

    literally every single one of the moves they showed in the evolution of mom dance are my go to dance moves and MObama executes every single one better than me.

  • littlebirdmo February 23rd, 2013 1:48 PM

    the LBD on Rookie? Is this the real life or is this just fantasy?

  • Tyknos93 February 23rd, 2013 2:08 PM

    Dat dawg. He’s a cutie. Speaking of dogs what kind is that in the picture with Azzedine Alaïa? It’s so huge and fluffy!


  • trassel February 23rd, 2013 3:23 PM

    Lizzie Bennet is the best! Watch it, let it take over your life!

  • Ella W February 23rd, 2013 3:35 PM

    I officially have a major girl crush on Michelle Obama.

    On a completely unrelated topic, I was just wondering how you become a Rookie artist? I really like their work, and I enjoy art, so I was thinking about applying or whatever, but I don’t know how.
    Thanks! Ella x

  • Emmy February 23rd, 2013 4:49 PM

    I love the Lizzie Bennet diaries–even though it seems like a lot of episodes, I discovered it two weeks ago and watched it in less than 48 hours.

  • lydiajamesxxx February 23rd, 2013 6:19 PM

    I’ve been waiting forevverrrr for LDB to be on Rookie! yayyyy! <3


  • HollinsCollins February 23rd, 2013 7:00 PM

    Omg Michelle is actually really good at dancing.

  • pez-darling February 23rd, 2013 7:02 PM

    Delighted to see Rookie writing about The Lizzie Bennet Diaries– Basically my favourite thing on the internet! It gives me such a thrill to log onto youtube and see another episode sitting in my subscription box. What’s not to like about it? Darcy is a babe and Lydia is a total spunk.


  • missblack February 23rd, 2013 7:13 PM

    OMG OMG Lizzie Bennet Diaries!!! I’ve been really enjoying LBD for a couple weeks now and it IS the bomb.com in every way.


  • Alice123 February 23rd, 2013 7:49 PM

    OH MY GOD COLIN FIRTH! I watched the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice for the first time just this week and deary me is he hunky or what? Then due to my new obsession I watched the Bridget Jones diaries and eugh. Totes understand why Lizzie would go for that.

    • Anaheed February 23rd, 2013 8:27 PM

      I felt all the cells in my body turn over when I saw…THAT ONE SCENE of Colin Firth in P&P.

      • Graciexx February 24th, 2013 5:47 AM

        how do you narrow it down to one?!? when my mum and I are about to watch the one of the episodes we get into massive fights about which one we should watch and if it is the best.

  • MissKnowItAll February 23rd, 2013 8:30 PM

    omg that part when he’s in the bathtub

  • Clothilde February 24th, 2013 5:58 AM

    @Arabelle: I worked with Azzedine Alaïa for a week last year, and he’s even more inspiring and kind in real life ;)

  • MabelEnchanted February 24th, 2013 10:55 AM

    I absolutely LOVE Michelle Obama! She’s such an inspiration.
    Oh, and don’t get my started on Colin Firth!! I have a fridge magnet of him as Mr Darcy and I just love him!


  • Mayabett February 24th, 2013 12:03 PM

    My mom showed me that Jimmy Fallon video, which makes it even better.
    I think I could watch it on repeat forever though.

    <3 Michelle Obama

  • Abby February 24th, 2013 2:28 PM

    Dude. Michelle Obama can dougie.

  • Pearl February 25th, 2013 1:02 PM

    The award for the coolest First Lady ever goes to Michelle Obama for doing the dougie. That is so darn hard to do!
    Oh & Colin Firth <3

  • itsaoifedahling February 25th, 2013 4:00 PM

    Haha that first video is unreal!! Deffo have to show that to my mam :) And I love Pride and Prejudice <3

  • Cactus Woman February 27th, 2013 5:14 PM

    I approve of all the Nerdfighter-relatedness on Rookie. More, please!