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Saturday Links: Fiona Flees the Scene Edition

She’s a goddess forever and ever, and she’s out.


Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple was recently invited to perform at a fashion party in Japan, which is a terrible idea because fashion parties are all about the chit-chat and nothing about being quiet in the presence of a goddess. As might have been expected, the people at the party didn’t show her much respect while she was performing so she was all, FUCK YOU GUYS, I’M OUT! (Actually, her exact words before leaving the stage were: “Predictable! Predictable fashion, what the fuck?”) Don’t ever change, Fiona.



I have mixed feelings about the news that a team of composers and writers in the U.S. are adapting Amélie as a musical. It’s probably my favorite movie, so half of me wants it to just be left alone, but the other half loves it so much that I want to be able to experience it in every possible format until the end of time. In any case, it will be really interesting to see how they do it—especially without Yann Tiersen’s original Parisian-themed score. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of the movie, isn’t too keen on this musical idea, either, which seems weird at first, considering he willingly sold the rights to the story. But it turns out he did it so he could donate the money to a charity that funds children’s heart surgeries!


Look for the orange peels under Harry Styles's chair.

Look at the orange peels under Harry Styles’s chair.

There’s been a ton of discussion this week about the VMAs (and there will be even more later in this post), but there is one part of the show that I think was overlooked: Harry Styles of One Direction straight-up peeling and eating an orange during Drake’s performance. After reading about the incident, I found myself devoting a lot of thought to how Harry acquired this orange. Did he bring it to the awards show in his pocket? Did he grab it from his hotel’s minibar or free continental breakfast? Was this a stunt to make him seem *just like us*? Can you really be a member of the most popular boy band in the world and still have the brain-space to think about stuff like healthy, sensible snacks? Turns out, you can! Because the next day, this Vulture interview revealed that Harry found the orange in a box in an elevator. He even offered Rihanna a piece. I’d say mystery solved, but now I’m just stuck with even more questions—like what if the person who owned that box of oranges didn’t want to share them? Maybe they needed exactly 12 oranges to make their famous marmalade and Harry grabbed the 12th one, thereby ruining this person’s day?! But you know what? Whatever. If there’s anything I look for in a guy, it’s adequate vitamin C intake. My love for Harry Styles has only grown stronger.



Good news: Five new J.D. Salinger books are coming out! According to a forthcoming documentary on Salinger (above), author of the coming-of-age classic The Catcher in the Rye, before he died three years ago he left instructions with his estate to release his previously unreleased works over time, starting in 2015. (Note to Catcher fans: One of the books, The Last and Best of the Peter Pans, will focus on Holden Caulfield’s family.) The last time he published anything was in 1965; knowing Salinger, it will be worth the wait.

An illustration of The Awakening's Edna Pontellier by Samantha Hahn.

An illustration of The Awakening‘s Edna Pontellier by Samantha Hahn.

Samantha Hahn’s gorgeously illustrated book Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines may very well be one of the best things ever. Not only does it include almost every single one of my favorite female characters (The Bell Jar’s Esther Greenwood, Lolita’s Dolores Haze, The Awakening’s Edna Pontellier, etc.), it shows how incredibly real they are. They’re not perfect, and they never claim to be. They seem like actual humans. That is what makes them so beautiful—and so hard to let go of, even after a book has been closed and put down.

It seemed like literally everywhere I turned this week, I re-saw some aspect of Miley Cyrus’s nightmare-memes-come-to-life Video Music Awards performance. Since the original broadcast on Sunday night, a lot of people have pointed out that there are many more important things—the escalating crisis in Syria being one—for the media to focus on. That’s 100 percent true, and was brilliantly slammed by the Onion. But Miley’s depressing twerk-fest brought up a whole lot of issues, namely the way it dealt with race, that still call for some serious criticism and discussion. Anyone who doesn’t understand why it’s a such a big deal should read Tressie McMillan Cottom’s essay, “When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland.” And anyone who doesn’t get why people are mad at Miley for twerking should just listen to Big Freedia.

Have you guys seen RuPaul’s new web series? I can’t even tell you how much this episode, in which he drives around L.A. giving life and love advice to Henry Rollins, cheered me up. One of the best parts is when Rollins says that, as a famous person, he likes to “spread some enjoyment” and “get a couple smiles going.” Mission accomplished, Rollins and Ru.



It’s been a long week. Surely we all have outrage fatigue, between Miley and Syria (joking/not joking), but there was one thing I came across that made me actually feel a little better: Courtney Love detailing how bad her Etsy problem was at its furious height (or perhaps its lowest depth). For Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Blog, Love talked about the year she spent six figures on all manner of items from the site: “I was ordering like everything on Etsy. Everything! Like ferrets dressed as Edwardian nannies. Crazy shit.” I do not feel so bad about some of my impulse-iest buys anymore, simply because I do not own costumed, taxidermied rodentia.

Sarah Larson at the New Yorker penned a nostalgic tribute to Linda Ronstadt, one of the greatest song stylists of the ’70s and ’80s, who at 67 has lost her ability to sing as a result of Parkinson’s disease. She came up in L.A. right ahead of Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and other women who pioneered the pop charts with songs they wrote about their own lives. Ronstadt was on the cusp of the singer-songwriter movement—not much of a songwriter herself, she mostly wound up singing material that had been written by men and struggled to find songs that spoke to her experience as a woman. I am really looking forward to picking up her forthcoming memoir, especially after reading Barney Hoskyn’s excellent book about the Laurel Canyon pop scene in the ’70s, which details some of Ronstadt’s career.

Two recent journalism-school grads started The Riveter, a magazine dedicated to publishing long-form journalism by women. In this interview on Poynter, they talk about making that space when they saw it was not being made for them.

Well, duh. I can’t believe a clothing line like Girls Will Be didn’t exist before last month—but I’m so happy it does now! It started when Sharon Choksi (pictured above), a mom in Austin, Texas, decided to make clothes for her daughter Maya, also above, who couldn’t find anything in the girls’ section of stores that wasn’t pink, purple, or decorated with glitter, flowers, or hearts. Girls Will Be’s T-shirts come in great, bright colors like orange, green, and blue and feature images of things (dogs! sharks! robots! popsicles!) that lots of kids like, regardless of gender. This idea is PERFECT and should have happened a LONG time ago.


People on Twitter went off Monday when FastCompany posted an article by Ann Charles, CEO of Brandfog, that listed “25 of the Smartest Women on Twitter” and did not include any African-American women. Later that day, the hashtag blitz #SmartBlackWomenOfTwitter, as well as #SmartLatinaWomenOfTwitter, not only drew attention to how many incredible women of color are on Twitter by linking to countless numbers of them, but also pointed out the laziness of lists like Charles’s that fail to include diversity. I mean, not even Melissa Harris-Perry, a popular Twitter user and the host of her own show on MSNBC, was on there! This social media mobilization is fresh on the heels of the popular #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen hashtag, which called out white privilege in feminism. As disheartening as it is to constantly have to remind people that you exist, I’m always pumped to see so many others standing up and shouting about where they want to see change happen. ♦


  • Chloe22 August 31st, 2013 12:19 PM

    Along with our shy natures and impeccable fashion sense, I knew me and Harry had an appreciation of citrus in common! He’s like the perfect best guy friend!!! Lol. Did any rookies see This Is Us yet? My favorite part was when they were talking about how stylish Louis’s clothes were :D

  • Saana V August 31st, 2013 12:23 PM

    Ended up crying about the Salinger thing wow i don’t even know why but ohh man he is my favourite writer of all time and i’ve never been this happy.

    • lydiamerida August 31st, 2013 4:12 PM

      yesss I’m so excited and sad and scared about it

  • Sophie ❤ August 31st, 2013 12:52 PM

    I love the name Fiona Apple- can’t get over it. Anyways, I was really surprised at the mention of Amelie- it’s been a favorite of my entire extended family’s ever since it came out. It’s funny how my friends all pronounce it as “Omuhlie”, but I guess that since it’s French, it’s also prone to only being pronounceable by someone who knows what the name really sounds like. Excuse me- I’m rambling again.
    This was, in short, probably my favorite Saturday Links edition ever!


  • emlyb August 31st, 2013 1:27 PM

    i would love to hear more of you guys’ opinions on the whole miley cyrus thing!

    • Abby August 31st, 2013 3:31 PM


      While I understand that Miley Cyrus was trying to do that whole “I’m not a Disney kid anymore take me seriously” thing, I think she accomplished completely the opposite… she seemed like a little kid walking around in her mom’s high heels: very immature and rather silly. And even though I know not every pop star has to be a good example, she should know that she’s idolized by literally millions of young kids, and she’s definitely giving the wrong message about how to be “cool” to them. She also already has a bad reputation for inappropriately appropriating other cultures, and her performance at the VMAs definitely did NOT help that.

      Also, I don’t like that she got all chummy with Robin Thicke and his “Blurred Lines”, because it’s an awful, rape-apologizing song.

      BUT ANYWAY, this is just my opinion, so please no one feel attacked if you don’t agree!

      • emlyb September 1st, 2013 6:27 AM

        i totally agree.
        i think the fact she was doing what she was doing TO the song ‘blurred lines’, WITH robin thicke just makes it even more wrong and sends out COMPLETELY the messages, like hey look i’m dressed in revealing clothes grinding against a man who is then singing about how he knows i want it. no. i think it’s a huge step back for rape culture and slut shaming.

        • emlyb September 1st, 2013 6:29 AM

          NOT TO EVEN FUCKING MENTION cultural appropriation.

  • llamalina August 31st, 2013 2:10 PM

    I’m not sure if I agree with what Fiona Apple did. I mean, what did she expect from a fashion show party gig? That’s just her personality, I suppose, but it’s her job to perform, no guarantee of what the audience will be like. I would hate to have been watching.

    When I read the Salinger part I said “Oh my God” out loud and nearly fell out of my chair. That’s amazing.

  • Bethany August 31st, 2013 2:40 PM

    Oh man I feel kinda bad saying this, but as a Syrian person who has nearly half of their family living in Syria right now, I feel kinda weird that the whole Syria v Miley Cyrus thing is a thing at all?!

    I don’t want people to be faux indignant on my behalf, with a healthy dash of satire, plus the added bonus of complaining about pop music, before they move onto their next humanitarian crisis to nod along to. It just also seems a bit icky and smug to me… :/

    This isn’t a critique on what Lena wrote at all btw cos I totally agree with what she is saying! And I honestly can’t stop reading about Miley’s VMA performance! It’s so interesting I wanna write a college paper on it!! I just hate the idea of pitting the two together in a weird sort of binary?

    I’m sorry for the rant…I dunno Syria is exhausting man and I am an angsty bb who probably wouldn’t be happy if JD Salinger ghost wrote a beautiful piece about it!

    Love Bethany


    p.s I’m not sure if you guys would be interested but I post angsty Syria themed word vomit on my blog thingy? I’m not like some kinda clever Middle Eastern political expert tho, its just me sulking in red eyeshadow!


  • Lena August 31st, 2013 3:28 PM

    Don’t feel bad for saying it, Bethany! I’m glad you did—and thank you for linking to your post. I agree with you.

    Though the words feel inadequate, I hope your family is safe.

    • Bethany August 31st, 2013 4:40 PM

      Oh thank you so much for your kind words Lena <3

      I totally get the words feeling inadequate thing, like a lot of my writing on that little blog is probably seen as 'bad' writing because to try and write something technically 'good' seems bad, like I am trying to turn a body count into a word count or something.

      And I am glad the comment was ok, I am not an outspoken person at all so when I pressed send I kinda freaked out like 'omg wut have i done?!' I'd hate to come across as an obnoxious internet person or that I think I'm some kinda expert who is speaking for all syrian ppl or something!!! :S

      But um yess sorry this comment is quite long also, I am in a bit of a word vomit-y mood it seems!


  • Abby August 31st, 2013 3:33 PM

    I just want everyone to know that there’s a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” called “#ASK FIRST” and it made my life. CONSENT IS SEXY!!

  • mayacolor August 31st, 2013 4:36 PM

    I agree completely with abbey, living in England I only saw her performance after reading about all the racial issues. If you read lots of people comments it’s all slut shaming. Instead of noticing that robin “thickie” s a married man who ALSO has a hugely popular and sickening misogynistic song. Miley IS racist, look at how she sexualises all the black girls around her, as if they are just objects, look how she takes a dance makes it tacky and then complains about “haters” when she’s OUR culture “white” people have done this thing for century being black and the history surrounding this stuff makes me sad and (obvs) angry.

    (I think I wrote a lot wow, also jezebel have a better thing on this) xx

    • emlyb September 1st, 2013 6:21 AM

      i literally could not agree more with everything you’ve said (also i’m from england too weeew)!!

  • unicornconnect August 31st, 2013 6:44 PM

    NEW JD SALINGER BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • die_mad August 31st, 2013 6:48 PM


  • María Inés Gul August 31st, 2013 7:03 PM

    so excited for Salinger!!!!!

  • sweetsweetsweat August 31st, 2013 7:13 PM

    The Girls Will Be brand kind of makes me sad though because its just feeding fears of the feminine. So much hatred for the colors pink and purple! Why so much emphasis on greens and blues? :( Why do creative intelligent interesting little girls have to separate themselves from the feminine? What’s wrong with a creative intelligent and passionate little girl wearing a hot pink frilly dress?
    While I do think there’s something to be said about how gross marketing to little girls can be: girls don’t like school, girls only like things having to do with makeup or their appearance, etc. But this seems more anti-girl than pro-girl. It seems like just an appeal from “the more worthy un-girly girls” to join the boys club that is the world.

    • KatGirl September 1st, 2013 12:32 PM

      I’m a bit girly, myself, but I think Girls Will Be is a really cool clothing line. The thing is teaching girls that they can be either feminine or masculine and be an empowered person, that they can like whatever they want, whether that’s tea parties or dinosaurs, and that people who like different things than them are happy with what they like too and should be respected. I kind of agree with you on the “more worthy un-girly girls” thing, girls who think they are better, but I don’t think the clothing line is trying to do that. :)

    • strawberryhair September 3rd, 2013 3:34 PM

      I agree with you on that things that are typically seen as “girly” or “feminine” are also often perceived as being “stupid” or “frivolous”. I think that young girls should be told that wearing pink or liking glitter or doing ballet or otherwise engaging in “girly” pursuits and also liking maths and dinosaurs and football and other things widely seen as being “masculine” is okay. But I think that this line is just seeking to fill a gap. There are lots of outlets selling pink, ruffled, sparkly clothes to girls, but not many selling blue, green and orange tops with pictures of aeroplanes on them. In providing these clothes, Sharon Choksi is offering girls the opportunity to wear what they want. I don’t think it’s an either/or situation- this helps girls to celebrate and enjoy both traditionally “masculine” and traditionally “feminine” clothes. So…now where’s the clothing line manufacturing pink, ruffled, glittery clothing for young boys?

  • jenaimarley August 31st, 2013 7:48 PM

    I was friends with Linda Ronstadt’s son when I was little and they lived in my city!!!
    She’s such an inspiration, and that article is great! Thanks! <3

  • marielle therese August 31st, 2013 10:50 PM

    I cannot express my horror when I read the headline and thought Fiona Apple was done making music. I saw her last year in Portland, Maine and she pulled a similar act of badassitude when some bros at the bar were hackling her, ending with her saying something like, “You guys can stand back there and talk shit about me, but at least I HAVE A REASON TO BE HERE.” She is my heart.

  • eremiomania September 1st, 2013 1:39 AM

    I’ve seen a gif of Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend eating an orange at the VMAs?? Hm maybe he found the box too

  • monalisa September 1st, 2013 6:20 AM

    i dont really like musicals. and amelie is my favourite movie too. the soundtrack is also probably my favourite part of the movie – apart from Audrey Tatou. so i don’t know…

  • flocha September 1st, 2013 12:04 PM

    Yay, finally a girl’s clothing line which doesn’t insist on being overly frilly (although there are already a few like that here in the UK). I didn’t particularly hate pink as a child (I had a pink and orange kilt which was actually my favourite thing to wear) but I always felt like all the clothes aimed at me had icky sparkly designs of fairies or cupcakes on then. It was like the people making them thought small girls had no appreciation for any colour other than pink.

  • kathryn-s September 1st, 2013 5:46 PM

    I fell in luv with Harry Styles after the VMAs and then went to see the one direction movie and now I have a REAL LIFE crush on him. Did you know he used to work at a bakery?! That’s like, the dream boyfriend job.

  • flapperhatgirl September 1st, 2013 7:49 PM

    OH MY GOD MORE J. D. SALINGER!!!!!! I was screaming and jumping up and down and just about died of happiness…. thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • NotReallyChristian September 2nd, 2013 5:26 AM

    vaguely interesting fact: the type of oranges used to make marmalade (Seville Oranges) can’t really be eaten raw. Or at least they can, but they’re gross, like potatoes or something. So you should feel ok about the marmalade possibility :)

  • Lex September 2nd, 2013 4:52 PM

    Love rookiemag more and more every day

  • spudzine September 2nd, 2013 5:35 PM

    OMG SO MANY THINGS hAPPEND THIS WEEKEND. For a moment there, I thought the headline meant that Fionna Apple RETIRED, which would be a devastating nightmare. Hayao Miyazaki retired this weekend, which was super duper depressing. Like, every time I think about it, I just want to start crying. Other than that, I CANNOT WAIT for J.D.’s books OMG he’s such an amazing author that five new books from him would be a dream come true. Also, I thought I was the only one who notice Harry Stles bobbing his head while peeling an orange. That was one of my favorite parts of the VMAs.


  • stellariver September 2nd, 2013 8:39 PM

    I’m sorry to bring up Miley again, (so sick of hearing/talking about her but I had to) I also think that miley really did not think that much into her performance for the VMA’s. I think she was looking for a reaction (probably not as big as this one), but I think she is just uneducated and oblivious to the sexist and racist messages from her performance. Like i I heard her on a interview or something about her music video for We Can’t Stop, and they were like asking her about these hidden messages and she was like oh i just put that in my video cause i thought it was cool looking. So i think it is lack of education and kinda ignorance.

  • monkshood September 2nd, 2013 11:53 PM

    It would be great to see a Twitter hashtag promoting intelligent Asian women as well, seeing as one the the most common ways oppression against Asians works is by treating them like they’re invisible and don’t have voices. I also think that there can be a lack of acknowledgement of Asians being an oppressed group, again, due to the type of racism that specifically targets that minority. Also, let me be clear that no form of racism is worse than another – it is all horrible. But racism works in so many different ways that I believe it’s beneficial to the work that’s being done to stop it by identifying how it plays out towards each ethnic group. And thank you, Rookie, for always advocating the rights of people of color – especially as Danielle does in this article! You guys rock!

  • Joyce September 3rd, 2013 8:41 PM

    i was just gasping for air after reading this! omg everything – i have no idea about all these things! thank you Rookie, this totally made me so happy. Best Saturday Links Edition ever!
    new JD Salinger books! the orange mystery! i can’t stop smiling.

  • gnomz September 5th, 2013 9:02 AM

    So much good stuff here. I’m in Australia and haven’t actually seen the miley thing but am very interested in the racial aspect as it hadn’t been discussed here. I would think she didn’t have much input into it, which doesn’t make it ok, in fact probably makes it worse that she is being used and is ok with not thinking about what she is doing.
    Love the RuPaul video and fabulous link in the comments to the ask first video.
    Thanks everyone xo