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Saturday Links: Goddesses Honor Nirvana Edition

Plus a tribute to Marina Keegan, the cutest pig on Instagram, and the ever-wonderful Tilda Swinton.


From left to right: Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, St. Vincent, and Lorde, who each stood in for Kurt Cobain. Photo by Getty Images via Stereogum.

From left to right: Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, Annie Clark, and Lorde, who each stood in for Kurt Cobain at Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Photo by Getty Images via Stereogum.

Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance was fronted by four amazing female musicians: Joan Jett (who sang “Smells Like Teen Spirit“), Kim Gordon (“Aneurysm“), Annie Clark of St. Vincent (“Lithium“), and Lorde (closing it out with “All Apologies“). Kurt Cobain is irreplaceable to me, but this choice was the best, and, really, the only way to honor a man who once said, “I like the comfort in knowing that women are the only future of rock & roll.”

Other things that moved this Nirvana (and Hole) fan to tears: Michael Stipe of R.E.M.’s stirring induction of the Nirvana to the Hall of Fame, and Courtney Love and Dave Grohl burying the hatchet after two decades of ugly feuding.

20 years of greatness.

Twenty years of greatness.

In EVEN MORE Courtney Love news: Flavorwire invited a team of amazing feminist musicians and music writers to speak about each song on Hole’s Live Through This in honor of the album’s 20th anniversary. Rookie’s own Julianne gives incredible insight into “Doll Parts,” one of Hole’s best, and best-known, songs.

Laurie Halse Anderson's YA classic.

Laurie Halse Anderson’s YA classic.

Laurie Halse Anderson, the author of the YA novel Speak, gave an incredible interview in honor of the 15th anniversary of the book’s publication. The interview covers the process of getting Speak out into the world, writing what she calls “resilience lit,” and how she thinks new media can shake up male-dominated literary culture.

Speak is about a girl who nearly stops speaking altogether after being assaulted at a party the summer before her freshman year of high school; in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness month, Laurie and the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network are also promoting #Speak4RAINN15, a campaign that raises money for survivors of sexual violence.


Rest in peace, Marina. Photo by Joy Sun via the Yale Daily News.

Rest in peace, Marina. Photo by Joy Sun via the Yale Daily News.

Two years ago, Marina Keegan wrote an essay for the Yale Daily News titled “The Opposite of Loneliness.” It was a beautiful meditation on the family she found at school and her excitement about the future: “We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness,” the piece begins, “but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.”

Two weeks after her graduation, Keegan was killed in a car crash. She left behind a hugely varied body of brilliant work, including humorous short stories and opinionated essays criticizing Wall Street. In Alice Gregory’s terribly sad, but honest, review of the posthumous collection of Marina Keegan’s work, released this week, Gregory writes, “It’s just so obvious that Keegan would have been—would have continued to be—a star. She would have been famous, not quietly or vaguely, but really, really famous.” And in an essay for New York magazine, Kevin Roose, who knew Keegan, praised her strengths: “Nowhere in her work, even while assessing juvenilia, did Marina even remotely seem like she was still using training wheels…she wasn’t just college-talented; she was talented, period.”

As Keegan wrote in “The Opposite of Loneliness”: “We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not, lose this sense of possibility, because in the end, it’s all we have.” It’s so difficult to read those words now and not cry, but I couldn’t be more glad that she wrote them. I don’t think anyone could really be THE voice of my generation, but I know for sure that Marina Keegan was one of them.

A still from the new film We are the Best! via BAM.

A still from the new film We Are the Best! via BAM.

If you live in NYC, you need to swing by BAM’s Punk Rock Girls film series, which begins next month! It’s inspired by the new Lukas Moodysson film We Are the Best! which focuses on a group of Swedish tween girls who start their own punk band in the 1980s. The movie is all about finding your voice as a teenage girl, dealing with musical mansplainers, and forging friendships through punk rock. BAM’s monthlong lineup includes classics like Ladies and Gentleman, the Fabulous Stains and Josie and the Pussycats, plus lesser-known shorts like the Richard Kern–directed You Killed Me First. BRB, buying tickets to EVERY SCREENING!


TIlda "Perfect Being" Swinton photographed by Norman Jean Roy for New York magazine.

Tilda “Perfect Being” Swinton photographed by Norman Jean Roy for Vulture.

This profile of Tilda Swinton confirms that she has to be an alien goddess from a future universe—there’s no other way she could be so perfect and interesting and great. I’m always inspired by her kindness toward her friends and her resolute individuality.


UGHMYGUDDDDD. Photo via Penny the Pig's Instagram.

UGHMYGUDDDDD. Photo via Penny the pig’s Instagram.

Basically all the accounts I follow on Instagram are cute-dog accounts, but my new favorite Instagrammer is an adorable one-year-old pig named Penny Popcorn. Her huge wardrobe includes floral headbands, dresses, sunglasses, and tiny little sweaters. She also gets manicures????? I love you, Penny.


The director of 2010′s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, made a hypnotizing short film about a laborer working construction in the United Arab Emirates. I love how the sound design and the visuals work together to draw you into this lonesome day dream.

Important sea monster news! While visiting the Sea of Cortés in Mexico, a group of tourists spotted a pair of huge-ass oarfish swimming around in the shallows. It’s incredibly rare to see these dudes hanging out in the wild, since they much prefer the dark waters of the deep ocean. Watch until the end of the video above to get an awesomely clear view of these silvery princes’ flat faces and feathery red mohawks.

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I'll send an S.O.S. to the world. Photo courtesy of the International Maritime Museum of Hamburg via NPR.

I’ll send an S.O.S. to the world. Photo courtesy of the International Maritime Museum of Hamburg via NPR.

I have always wanted to find/send more secret communiqués, and the recent discovery of a hundred-year-old message in a bottle gives me hope. Who cares if most of it was illegible?? ♦


  • mangointhesky April 12th, 2014 12:42 PM

    We Are the Best was SUCH a good movie! It was incredibly different from most movies that are around these days…


  • piisaa April 12th, 2014 1:59 PM

    All these links are so great! About to read eeeeverything! (A friend of mine have had plans to watch Vi är best for a while, so excited to watch it!)

  • itsrebeccam April 12th, 2014 2:30 PM

    I had never heard of Marina Keegan before this, and I feel like I just found my long lost best friend. I hope if there is a heaven, that she’s there, and I get to meet her then we can have nice conversations about beautiful people. Once again, Rookie hit the spot.

  • honorarygilmoregal April 12th, 2014 2:56 PM

    Awesome ladies + Nirvana…I love it!

  • Lascelles April 12th, 2014 4:30 PM

    I read…

    “which is about a group of Swedish tween girls who start their own”

    No, it’s not…

    Re-watches the movie trailer…

    Ooooooooohhhhh kay. It has been a year since my last eye exam. I should stop ignoring those post cards :D Thanks Rookie!

  • hoflan April 12th, 2014 7:03 PM

    Courtney and Dave making up was so so important to me. For Kurt’s sake if nothing else, like Courtney said, it would have meant a lot to him.

    I KNOW he would have also loved the all girl Nirvana front women. Basically Kurt rules

  • twlboaj April 12th, 2014 10:02 PM

    I was actually pretty excited about the first set of links because St. Vincent (yes!!) and Joan Jett (YES!!) but in listening to all four, they all struck me as kind of passionless. There’s a flatness to the performances (all of them!) that just strikes me as soulless, and that kind of bums me out.

  • sungiant April 12th, 2014 11:53 PM

    wow the ladies chosen for nirvana performance are LITERALLY the best!! i love them all
    (also, in the video of annie clark doing lithium, you can hear someone saying “annie clark…. from the vincents?” and it made me smile a lil)

  • Klara April 13th, 2014 11:20 AM

    “We are the best!” is so awsome that I can’t describe how good it is. Or maybe I just did.

  • asheens April 13th, 2014 8:04 PM

    Joan, Kim, Annie and Lorde together is literally a dream come true! And Dave hugging Courtney OHMYGOD WHY AM I FANGIRLING SO MUCH AGAIN fdgdfgretetjke


  • ameliamad April 15th, 2014 1:43 PM

    Some of coolest women that I admire covering Nirvana? YES. asdfghjjkl. I leanred so much about Rock Star by Hole which is one of my favorite songs! Speak was one of my favorite books since Middle school. Thats so cool they have an organization trying to stop sexual abuse from happening. BOOKS SAVE THE DAY! That’s so tragic about what happened to Marina Keegan I plan to read her work it sounds AMAZING (god bless her, man!). I screamed when i saw Penny Popcorn. HER DRESS AND HER NAILS AWWWW!!! Hell yeah imma check Bam! Those oarfish sound cool (im all in favor of iridescent sea monsters). Woah that message in the bottle…