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Saturday Links: Super-Fiona Edition

Plus Kurt Cobain’s feminism, the oral history of Reality Bites, and more.


I’ve never wanted to live in France more than I do after watching this weird-ass trailer for a French TV show featuring Fiona Apple, aka my supreme queen. In an upcoming episode of the series, which is called H-Man, she’ll play a superhero named Feux Verts (or “Green Lights” in English) who seems to shoot some sort of laser situations out of her eyes. French Rookies, are you familiar with this show? Is it as amazing as I imagine it is? Will you email me screenshots? MERCI BEAUCOUP!


This is what a feminist looks like. Photo by Michael Linssen/Redferns, via SPIN.

This is what a feminist looks like. Photo by Michael Linssen/Redferns, via SPIN.

Carla Ciccone’s article “Kurt Cobain Was My First Feminist Hero” hit very close to home. Kurt was also my first exposure to someone whose ideas about women not only matched mine, but were delivered in the form of great songs like “Territorial Pissings” and “Been a Son.” It’s one of the reasons I love him so much, and reading this in the same week as his birthday, February 20, is a great tribute if you do, too.

A sampling of our girl Petra's photographic talent via Oyster.

A sampling of our girl Petra’s photographic talent, via Oyster.

If you’re in NYC, visit the first solo exhibition by Rookie’s own Petra Collins, opening February 28! It’s called Discharge and focuses on female sexuality/development.

A portrait of the lovely Jacky O'Shaughnessy via Oyster.

A portrait of the lovely Jacky O’Shaughnessy, via Oyster.

This article about American Apparel’s 62-year-old model, Jacky O’Shaughnessy, should be read by anyone who thinks they have to define their life in terms of what is or isn’t “age-appropriate.”

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor called the Grammy Awards a waste of time after its organizers shortened and rolled credits over his performance and performances by Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham, and others. On the bright side, that same SPIN article also mentions that Reznor recently discovered 40 unreleased demos from the late ’90s, so be prepared, fellow NIN fans!


COME TO ME. Photo by Daniel Maurer, via Bedford + Bowery.

COME TO ME. Photo by Daniel Maurer, via Bedford + Bowery.

I am into these MACARONI AND CHEESE bagels sold at Tompkins Square Bagels in New York City. You best believe I’m going to try them—carbs + cheese + more carbs = gooood.

One of my favorite musicians (and the writer of a li’l song called “Angel” by the Great Beyoncé), Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, is going solo for a spell. She’s using the name “Ramona Lisa,” wearing a long black wig, and producing seriously creepy, minimalist electronic tracks. The first song, “Arcadia,” just came out, and the music video is filled with cicadas. I love it.


Jimmy Fallon’s first few episodes of The Tonight Show have brought about many a viral video, my favorite so far being Kristen Wiig as Harry Styles. The best part is that you can tell she genuinely does not know anything about these strange young singing British men. I’m totally stealing her Harry catchphrase: “…Hey!”


Every year, the Women’s Media Center releases a study on the state of women in media—both those who work in it, and how women are portrayed. The Status of Women in the US Media 2014 just came out, and it confirms a lot of what we already knew: Media is overwhelmingly run by white men; a lack of women as writers and as subjects means that important non-man perspectives are reported less; last year, 81% of film reviews by “top critics” were written by men. And the percentage of women of color working in newsrooms has actually dropped over the past several years.

All of this information is pretty damning, and pretty devastating, and as a Chicana who’s been working in media as a writer and editor for something like 15 years, I see it play out firsthand every day. BUT HERE’S WHERE MY HOPE COMES IN: I fully believe that ROOKIE READERS can and will change this landscape. The only way this is going to change is if we start our own publications and/or are unafraid to challenge the status quo, and y’all are so overwhelmingly smart and full of ingenuity that I have no doubt that under your leadership, we’ll reach a point where there is more media equality, regardless of gender(s), race, creed, and all of the rest. Because I just KNOW that this grody BS is not going to be able to go on much longer.

In Carcosa. True Detective's Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, via io9.

In Carcosa. True Detective’s Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, via io9.

For those of us who have been watching True Detective, the warped, existential cop show starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, this week the internet brought about a mini-explosion of a revelation. First, io9 revealed the origin of “the Yellow King,” the mysterious leader referenced throughout the show. Apparently he was based on this wild Robert Chambers book, The King in Yellow, which shares some of the same themes as the series. Over on Grantland, Molly Lambert offered further True Detective analysis:

True Detective’s closest relative is Twin Peaks, which mined similarly nocturnal depths. Both shows espouse mythologies that feel extremely personal to the creators but also eerily universal, tapping into the same brain waves as paradoxical sleep. From this subterranean level, we get an unusually lucid view of pervasive Jungian archetypes: family dynamics, virgin/whore issues, the battle between body and mind.

It’s the kind of show that makes you totally incredulous that parents ever used to say that television will rot your brain. More like BLOW YOUR MIND, AMIRITE? Finally, since True Detective is set up like American Horror Story, with a standalone plot and cast each season, Twitter had some fun this week speculating on who might be cast in #TrueDetectiveSeason2. Here’s my favorite.

Anna F.

Promotional image for Reality Bites via HitFix.

Promotional image for Reality Bites, via HitFix.

Do you want to read a nine-page oral history of Reality Bites, a movie that’s turning 20 this year and is both terrifically timeless and terribly dated? Yeah, you do. You and me and five bucks, Rooks.

Photo of Queen Annie by Renata Raksha via NPR.

Photo of Queen Annie by Renata Raksha, via NPR.

NPR is streaming the new self-titled album from St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, and it sounds exactly like a St. Vincent album in that it’s like nothing else she’s done before.


A reporter snuck into a secret fraternity party thrown by mega-rich investment bankers and other financial players, and the resulting story has literally everything you might have been horrified by in The Wolf of Wall Street. I love reading pieces like this one, and like Gloria Steinem’s game-changer about going undercover as a Playboy Bunny, in which writers circumvent the armor powerful organizations use to shield themselves from the media.

Caitlin D.

Harman Kaur looking happy and beautiful, via the UK Mirror.

Harnaam Kaur looking happy and beautiful, via the UK Mirror.

Sploosh! Creeeak. Wap wap wap. That was the sound of my heart exploding out of my chest, opening a window, and flying into the possession of 23-year-old Harnaam Kaur, who says she feels more feminine after growing out her natural facial hair (despite being mercilessly bullied about it as a teenager). Harnaam’s words shine: “If I had any message it would be to live the way you want—it’s your journey and it’s your life.”


I am really excited that Lorrie Moore, the author of one of my favorite short story collections, Birds of America, has a new collection out this week. It’s called Bark, and the New York Times did a li’l profile on her. Why should you read this article? Oh, well, our own gosh-damned Emma S. basically compares Moore to STEVIE NICKS. That’s why.


The best thing that happened this week (technically last Friday, but close enough!) was when Ellen Page showed us all the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. I defy you to watch this video, from the Human Rights Campaign’s LGBTQ youth conference, without melting! ♦


  • Kleio February 22nd, 2014 12:35 PM

    kinda disappointed to not see anything on here about the new bill in arizona.. as a queer girl living in az, this whole discrimination thing is pretty scary

    • piisaa February 23rd, 2014 11:17 AM

      I read about that on Feministing! My heart goes out to you, I can’t believe they passed it. “A right to discriminate”, what the fuck?

  • marysilverbells February 22nd, 2014 12:52 PM

    Ellen Page!

  • mangointhesky February 22nd, 2014 3:24 PM

    H-Man is okay, but it’s certainly on the strange side. Anyways, Man Repeller featured Kristen Wiig as Harry Styles in one of their posts. I think that the funniest part of all this is that Kristen Wiig clearly has no idea about Harry Styles!


  • honorarygilmoregal February 22nd, 2014 4:17 PM

    Kristen Wiig as Harry Styles was hilarious. And Jimmy Fallon has been killing it as a host of the Tonight Show so far!

    Macaroni and cheese bagels? Two of my favorite foods combined!

  • culturealt February 22nd, 2014 5:04 PM

    YES! I am SO stoked! I’ll be visiting NYC in 2 weeks and I am absolutely thrilled that I’ll be able to see Petra’s solo exhibit. Everything’s comin’ up Milhouse! <3

  • christinachristina February 22nd, 2014 10:26 PM

    Speaking of starting our own publications, a couple of ladies and I are doing just that—a biannual called Full Circle Journal that explores the idea of connection through art, writing and science. And we’re accepting submissions until March 1st! Check it out: http://www.fullcirclejournal.org

  • prange February 22nd, 2014 11:03 PM

    aaaah kurt <3 i was waiting for something related to him this week he's like my hero omfg

    and ellen page yas my mom was telling me about that,so rad

  • the_smartorialist February 23rd, 2014 4:44 AM

    Harnaam Kaur and Ellen Page <3 <3
    Amazing badasses of the week

  • Paulatte February 23rd, 2014 5:04 AM

    French Rookie here: thanks you for introducing me to H-Man, it looks fabulous. It hasn’t aired yet, but the actors are absolutely wonderful. I hope it lives up to its (my) high expectations. Merci beaucoup.

    • Franckswife February 23rd, 2014 10:24 PM

      Hi there fellow countrywoman !
      Didn’t see your comment, excuse the repetition.

  • whateveryazmine February 23rd, 2014 5:21 AM

    THIS IS THE BEST SATURDAY LINKS EVER EVER EVER! I seriously clicked EVERY one of these – perfect compilation!


  • Franckswife February 23rd, 2014 10:19 PM

    We will be able to watch H-Man only in March here…
    I read that Fiona plays a “german eco-terrorist” !
    If you tell me where I can send you screenshots I’ll do it avec plaisir.

  • insanejane February 25th, 2014 9:23 AM

    Yees ! thank you Rookie, without you I would have no idea of the existence of this pretty rad H-man ! can’t wait until March ! honestly, Matthieu Amalric and Fiona Apple, yes yes yes !!

  • Jott March 2nd, 2014 9:07 AM

    thanks for reality bites! i did not know how adorable winona was behind the camera and that janeane garofalo got fired by ben stiller :O