Posts Tagged: teens


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


"Breathy-Voiced Long Low Back Unrounded Vowel with Advanced Tongue Root"; Or, "Augh"

From James Harbeck (the indisputable star of the above video) at The Week:

This is usually spelled something like auuggghhh. It's the classic teenage sound of utter exasperation. The eyes are usually angled upwards, sometimes in contrast with a downward movement of the shoulders. "Breathy-voice" means that the vocal folds are wide apart, giving a very "chesty" sound. "Advanced tongue root" means that the back of the tongue is moved forward to make a larger resonating cavity behind it. "Low back" means the tongue doesn't rise anywhere in the mouth (compare this with "eee," which is high front). "Unrounded" means the lips aren't rounded.

I hear it's totally normal [...]


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."


“Last Night I Drempt of Leo”: DiCaprio’s Oeuvre, Reviewed by a 15-Year-Old

When I was 15 years old I was obsessed with Leonardo DiCaprio. I watched his movies repeatedly and methodically, captivated by The Basketball Diaries, a “kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction,” and Marvin’s Room, in which Leo played a mentally disturbed rebel who kept pet flies on leashes of his own hair. I still long for that lanky youth who captured our hearts as Romeo and made us squirm with his less conventional (but somehow still sexy) roles—an old-school, pre-Gatsby Leo—but I will never long for him again the way 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 [...]


"Ouagadougou" Is the Hardest Word: A Day at the Spelling Bee

I spent yesterday afternoon at the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor, a fake mall metropolis in Maryland, to chat up some spellers. They're all perfect, smart, friendly humans who will make lots of money when they grow up, doing whatever. Here are some of them, on their experience, preparation, and the hardest words they've seen—or just one word, really.

Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old from New York City, won it all last night with the word "knaidel." Congratulations to all of them, and best of luck in high school. It is… fun?

Hrishikesh"Everyone here is really fun and cool. The hardest word? It's probably"—[writes it down for [...]