Posts Tagged: teens

The Best Time I Got Kicked Out of My Punk Band

In high school, I desperately wanted to be a punk because it seemed akin to being dangerous. I was convinced one cold stare from a blue Mohawk-ed dissident could send a jock running away in terror; that was the kind of social power I was interested in. I tried valiantly to increase my intimidation factor as a thirteen-year-old-girl by listening to a lot of Good Charlotte and wearing excess amounts of pyramid-stud jewelry. It was probably not the most authentic way to announce my arrival into a subculture, but it was the best impression that I, a scared-straight rural nerd, could muster.

By noting my use of the [...]



Adam Sternbergh at New York magazine has an incredible deep dive on emoji, the thread that is holding this country together. If you weren't already excited, the article also includes the following words:

“But why is the pile of poo smiling?” would be the next logical question. Before we answer that, you may want to buckle yourself in, because we’re about to toboggan down the Smiling Pile of Poo Emoji Wormhole.

I won't ruin it for you; click through and read the whole thing, including the additional sidebar lessons on How to Speak Emoji (there will be a quiz— I will text you and if I leave the [...]


The New York Times Lens blog just published the "My Hometown" project, in which 3,000 teenagers from 45 states photographed their natural habitats, and the slideshow featuring 145 of the best photos is really lovely. [Lens]


Beware the Chalkblock


The Middle-Classism of Teen Movies

There’s a scene in Allison Anders’ Gas Food Lodging where sisters Trudi and Shade slouch in a truck stop diner booth. Nora, their mother, a waitress, is covering two stations. Trudi (played by Ione Skye) won’t eat because she’d rather starve then risk “smelling like grease and fish.” Trudi hates her town, the trailer park where she lives, and the busboy who spills a soda on her lap. She blames her mother for all of her bad choices, but mostly for her mother’s bad choices in men. She lashes out at her mother and her sister, but really, it’s the world that’s at fault.

The scene captures what [...]


The Tragic History of Fallen Teen Magazines

Last week, Bop, the teenybopper magazine that's been churning out covers featuring boy band stock photos splashed atop garish fuchsia backdrops since 1983, announced they would cease publication. If you're all, "Bop still existed?" you can't be blamed to assume it had folded years ago. Most teen magazines did.

Of the dozens that have surfaced since the very first teen magazine, Seventeen, was founded in 1944, only four remain: Seventeen, Teen Vogue, J-14, and, assuming some bound pages of prepubescent pin-ups can be classified as a magazine, Tiger Beat.

Here, we look back at all the teen magazines that have folded for one reason (lame cover stars? irrelevant [...]


Mark Twain at 16: No Comment

Everyone in the office was into this Mark Twain pic on Vol 2 of his Autobiography, until we realized HE'S ONLY 16.

— Lapham's Quarterly (@LaphamsQuart) September 11, 2013

The Hairpin has no comment. Choire's comment is, "he's busted-hot."


Fusion has won Throwback Thursday; they're going through all the 2000 issues of Teen People, and guys, we were all such messes in the early aughts. Thank god skinny jeans were invented and we could also finally start looking cool and not dragging our bootcut jeans on the dirty mall floor outside of the Orange Julius while listening to HitClips. Take a gander back to yesteryear, where Lil' Kim lived her best life and said things like:

"Biggie [late rapper the Notorious B.I.G.] bought me this leather motorcycle jacket. I used to wear it with white spandex and white boots. It's special to me because one point I [...]


Love Poems, Then and Now

For the dude in my 10th-grade history class: At first I found your flirting annoying Then it became some kind of treat But I considered it nothing For you flirt with everyone you meet

For the dude in line at Starbucks this morning: I will agree with you about the pale scones Say uh-huh, the blonde roast sucks But as you can see, I haven’t had any caffeine yet And need a break before dealing with office fucks

••• For my soul mate, 1993-1993: ’Cause we are two hearts That share the same mind We could be together If only you weren’t so blind

For my soul mate, 2009––: ’Cause [...]


Friday Night Lights: An Appreciation of The Cheerleader

Success meant the heady exhilaration of cheering on the polished gym floor, the yells seeming to swing the bright hot gym up and out into the night. And so her want was intensified.

—The Cheerleader

When you write a novel about cheerleaders, even a dark crime novel, two things happen: People ask you if you were ever a cheerleader (I was not) and they confide strong feelings about cheerleaders, whether it’s their own experience of failing to make the high school squad, or the ponytailed captain who broke their heart a decade ago or more. And sometimes they give you books.

Such was how I discovered Ruth Doan MacDougall’s 1973 [...]