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Saturday Links: Midnight Memories Excitement Edition

Plus a turn-of-the century selfie, internationally collaborative artwork, and strong Kanye feelings.


A royal teenage girl taking a selfie in 1913 via Retronaut.

A royal teenage girl taking a selfie in 1913 via Retronaut.

Lately, it seems the whole world just cannot deal with the selfie. First it was added to the dictionary and everyone flipped, then everyone was all SELFIES ARE A CRY FOR HELP! and everyone REALLY flipped, then everyone was all SELFIES ARE FEMINIST! and everyone basically flipped to the point of no return. But it’s actually just, like, sometimes we look good and want to commemorate it! And other times, we’re at a crossroads in our lives and we want to record what we looked like because we know we’ll never be like this again. It’s not actually a big deal.

This self-portrait of Duchess Anastasia (yes, the one that disappeared!) proves that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve been turning them on ourselves. The picture, taken by the princess herself, is so eerie, given what her future had in store for her. Selfies help us know and remember, and we don’t have to pretend they make a statement for all womankind, nor see them as a sign of a girl in trouble.


Kanye and Kim showing each other love in the video for "Bound 2."

Kanye and Kim showing each other love in the video for “Bound 2.”

I adore the “Bound 2” video Kanye West made for/with Kim Kardashian, and I ALSO love seeing two handsome buddies cuddling, but I got kind of annoyed that the internet hailed James Franco and Seth Rogen’s “Bound 3” as a “parody” when it was literally a replica of the original, only with straight guys acting like a loved-up couple. (LOLOLOL, meet u at your locker after class, brah. No homo.) So I was really into Vulture’s commentary on their remake: “As for the alleged ‘(unintentional) parody’ of Kanye West’s original video: Are you kidding me? We’ve known Kanye West for a decade now, and every single bit of evidence points to the fact that he’s a total control freak auteur, an artist as fully in command of his effects as any in popular culture.”

In short: Kanye understands more about himself, his relationship, his work, and his public persona than people are willing to give him credit for, and “Bound 2″ rules. OK, I’m going to calm myself down by re-watching this recent clip of Kanye talking about how “Lost in the World” was originally a private love letter/email to Kim before it was a song.

I didn’t think it was possible for me to adore One Direction more than I already did, then they released not only this amazing video, but also a WHOLE NEW 1D ALBUM a few days ago! Midnight Memories is different from the band’s previous two albums in that its members have writing credits on the bulk of the songs, meaning they might (hopefully) be on their way to shaking the “manufactured pop band” label that’s followed them since they formed on The X Factor in 2010.

MTV recently posted a short interview with Julian Bunetta, who has written with the band on all three albums so far, and he confirmed the most amazing, hilarious fact about the songwriting process for the track “Better Than Words”:

Liam went [to the bathroom] and he came out and he was like, “Bro, what if we write a song using all song titles?” And I don’t know who it was, [but] “better than words” popped out somehow…you’re saying that you can’t even describe how good someone’s love is because it’s better than words…you have to use other people’s words [from songs] and even those words aren’t good enough.

So in case you were wondering, when Niall sings “Best I ever had / Hips don’t lie / You make me wanna / One more night / Irreplaceable,” he is referencing, in order, tracks by Drake, Shakira, Usher, Maroon 5, and Beyoncé. GOODBYE FOREVER.


Our main dudes taking a Dork Picture classic via David Hogan/Getty Images.

Our main dudes taking a Dork Picture classic via David Hogan/Getty Images.

While we’re talking about Midnight Memories: Even though IDGAF what a bunch of BORING OLD GROWN MEN think, it’s cool that both Grantland and the Daily Beast ran articles on why non-teenage girls should pay attention to 1D. I especially liked the point made in Grantland’s piece that we’re getting to a point in music where there is no longer any use in classifying anything by genre because there’s so much crossover, like the only thing people are really interested now is just what is good instead of what fits their musical identity. Wanna know what’s good? THIS ALBUM, and I want eight different kinds of special editions of it for Hannukah.

Evan Rachel Wood, a person who knows exactly what the hell is up. Photo via Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

Evan Rachel Wood, a person who knows exactly what the hell is up. Photo via Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

Evan Rachel Wood went on a very eloquent Twitter rant after seeing the newest cut of Charlie Countryman, a forthcoming movie she stars in, in which the MPAA altered a sex scene so that the audience wouldn’t have to see a man giving a woman oral sex. The MPAA has a history of censoring women’s pleasure over men’s (and over more-disturbing images of violence), and it’s always cool to see actors speaking out against this discrimination.


On this week’s Bob’s Burgers, the Belchers did another Thanksgiving song:

And, in what’s becoming an annual tradition, the National made a cover version, but this time they also made a super-trippy animated video go to with it:

Emma D.

Some new work by the artist Berliac for Mini Kuš!

Some new work by the artist Berliac for Mini Kuš!

Mini Kuš! is an ongoing publishing series from Latvian comic editor Kuš!. The 24-page postcard-size books are English-language short stories by emerging and established comic artists from all around the world. This week, four new publications were added to the collection. Sneak peeks of the richly colored illustrations and the very decent price ($6 per book with free worldwide shipping!) made me click “add to cart” immediately. I’m especially curious about Jungle Night by Renata Gąsiorowska, which is said to be a “kind of an emo-story about a mysterious disappearance of a teenage animal-girl during a party in the jungle.” I can’t wait to see what that means. ♦


  • soviet_kitsch November 30th, 2013 12:13 PM

    i love kimye and idc who knows it like who am i to judge she had kanye’s baby and now she’s engaged to him and she looks fucking awesome all the time kimye for life

  • kathryn-s November 30th, 2013 12:30 PM

    i fell considerably deeper in love with one direction this past week

  • honorarygilmoregal November 30th, 2013 1:01 PM

    That Bob’s Burgers Thanksgiving song is the best thing ever.

    Duchess Anastasia the hipster: taking selfies before they were cool

    You go, Evan Rachel Wood!


  • princessleia November 30th, 2013 1:09 PM

    the link for the selfie goes to the midnight memories review just so y’all know

  • dumbpling November 30th, 2013 1:12 PM

    “selfy” – Ezra Koenig

    • honorarygilmoregal November 30th, 2013 9:31 PM

      And today he tweeted: I have been informed that the Italian word for selfy is “autoscatto” – this changes everything

  • anna eve November 30th, 2013 1:24 PM

    I may or may not have spent quite a bit of time over this Thanksgiving break listening to Midnight Memories…it’s kind of a closet obsession :).


  • Chloe22 November 30th, 2013 1:47 PM

    1D ERMERGERD ROOKIE! My day is always made better when Rookie talks boybands :3 I’m about to get really emotional-angsty-fangirl-tumblr-rant-ish, but seriously, having a place that doesn’t make me feel like a moron for liking a band (WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO WE LIVE IN?!), means a lot to me. One Direction’s got me through a lot, everything from friend losses, bad grades, weeks of studying my brain into exploding, loneliness, just pretty much everything else. And I know people might think I’m crazy for talking about how ”emotional” One Direction makes me, but it’s true and I can’t lie. One Direction’s also taught me to be myself, not through a cliched song lyric or contrived interview answer, but by being something not everyone likes, but making me love it so much that I don’t care what anyway. 1D taught me to wear whatever I please, say whatever I please, and defend whatever I please, whether it’s them, feminism, or myself.

    • Maisie November 30th, 2013 4:38 PM

      HIGH-FANGIRL-FIVE! I’m english and even though I’m not really a directioner but it really annoys me when people cant appreciate the things that other people like. This is probably why I’d rather have someone read my diary than look at my itunes library.

    • TessAnnesley December 1st, 2013 5:40 AM

      favourite comment ever

  • Sonya November 30th, 2013 2:37 PM

    Brodie, I hear you and respect your opinion. But you can not seriously think that Kanye´s video was ok? It is one of the most objectifying music videos of 2013.

    • Brodie November 30th, 2013 6:56 PM

      I do think it was OK! I really enjoyed it. You’re totally allowed to feel like the video objectified Kim but I don’t see that at all. If the woman in the video had been a nameless, faceless body, I’d probably agree with you.

      But in this case, the woman happened to be Kim, who Kanye regularly and passionately describes as “the most beautiful woman in the world”, “the love of my life”, the mother of his child, his soul-mate. He fell in love with her when he first saw her, he never stops celebrating her and declaring how powerful and strong and important she is to him.

      He adores her, and that adoration is what I see when I watch this video.

  • alice.cam November 30th, 2013 3:33 PM

    I agree with Sonya. He’s a sexist **shole and should not be allowed anywhere near Rookie. That video is pure rubbish, and nothing else, and I’m glad even other celebrities like Seth Rogen are aware of that!

  • GlitterKitty November 30th, 2013 5:08 PM

    I’m a little shocked as to how similar by own alone-in-my-room-dancing is to One Direction’s. And I loved the uncomfortable/confused lady on the laptop in the video. Hahaha.

  • navyblueguava November 30th, 2013 6:39 PM

    Loved these beyond compare! Rookie- you just made my day.


  • awesomelikeapossum November 30th, 2013 7:32 PM

    i love bobs burgers, sailors in my mouuth by the nationals, classic :)

  • Isobelley November 30th, 2013 8:53 PM

    I’m a big Kim and Kanye fan, but I didn’t really like the Bound 2 video. I feel like Kim is routinely reduced to her body, which makes people forget that she’s a real person who has thoughts and feelings and does charity work and feels embarrassed about dancing, normal things like that. I thought that since Kanye is her fiance, he might help show another side to her or something.

  • lotusmarina November 30th, 2013 11:43 PM

    once again, i’m so happy to take a break from my hectic and sometimes overwhelming life to chill out with rookie. i was particularly impressed by mini kuš!, it seems original and such a great idea.

  • LikeLenora December 1st, 2013 1:46 AM

    The Mini Kus series looks amazing! I am very tempted to buy a comics multipack instead of doing my homework.

  • pizzaface December 1st, 2013 12:20 PM

    Evan Rachel Wood! Lucy from Across The Universe!

  • farawayfaerie December 1st, 2013 4:01 PM

    I understand that parodies (or in this case a replica) are tacky, but I don’t think you can blame anyone for loving them.

    I watched Kanye’s music video and was amazed: it was risqué and kitsch and visually exciting and all to one of my favourite songs from Yeezus ~ all my fave things in one!
    And the next day I get to see two of my favourite comedy actors imitate it shot for shot and why should I not adore it? Their attention to detail, Seth Rogan putting all his effort into having the perfect smize, I thought it was sweet and yes, hilarious. People love parodies because people love to laugh and appreciate more than they love to just appreciate. Or maybe they don’t appreciate Kanye’s video and so found comfort in being able to laugh at a video of actors taking themselves oh-so-seriously while parodying hip hop’s own god on a motor bike making out with his fiancée.

  • Lucy December 2nd, 2013 2:30 AM

    i loved the bound 2 video too! although i can’t help but notice that kanye is fully dressed next to a naked kim which reminds me of the ‘blurred lines’ video (ugh) i feel like kim’s personality and power/influence has been respected in the video, like the camera focuses in on her smiling and shit – she doesn’t just have a blank face the whole way through. and the song is about their LOVE not just about, like, how ‘hot’ she is or whatever.