Around the town
The Daily News called The New York Post ”a down-market New York tabloid newspaper” in its story on the outrage that erupted in response to the Post‘s Sunday front page about a slain Hasidic businessman. The Post issued a non-apology apology and both tabloids (downmarket or not) are still going strong on the story. (New York Daily News/ The New York Post)
Algonquin Round Table
They grow up so fast. Rookie, the online mag founded by Tavi Gevinson, the former tween fashion blogger turned editor and patron saint of alt girls everywhere, turns one this month.
Girls between the ages of 12 and 20, as well as a smattering of boys and grown-ups, filled the downstairs of McNally Read More
(Clockwise from top left: Ruth Bourdain, Jonathan Ames, Andy Cohen, Lena Dunham, and Blue Ivy Carter)
With the reopening of the Algonquin Hotel, we must consider who will be chosen for the honor of one of the 11 seats in the Algonquin Round Table.
Jon Hamm is a curious leading man. After the success of Mad Men, Mr. Hamm made a conscious effort to differentiate himself from Don Draper by appearing almost exclusively in funny roles–everything from multiple SNL appearances to Bridesmaids to 30 Rock to the alt-comedy of Comedy Bang Bang! and Between Two Ferns.
But being a funny dude is taking its toll on Mr. Hamm, as evidenced by his recent appearance on RookieMag.com– that teen girl blog edited by Tavi Gevinson–where he just phoned (vlogged?) in the answers to relationship questions written by high school-aged girls.
off the record
Earlier today, the official blog of Andre Balázs’ Standard Hotels posted, as it usually does, some pictures of a fete recently thrown at one of the various Standard establishments. This one, however, had an interesting bonus: The apparently multi-talented, oft-adored (or irrationally envied) Vogue-editrix-in-training Tavi Gevinson, singing a cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” at a movie premiere at The Standard East Village.
On the eve of Fashion Week, style rookie-no-more Tavi Gevinson will be in town to promote a project that flaunts her little-known, nonsartorial gifts: acting and singing.
On Sunday, up-and-coming Chicago director Jonah Ansell (best known, to date, for his viral save-the-date wedding video, which was featured in Glamour) will screen his animated short film Cadaver for a select audience at The Standard East Village.
Based on a poem Mr. Ansell wrote to help his sister fulfill a creative assignment at Northwestern’s medical school, the seven-minute film, which stars Ms. Gevinson, Kathy Bates and Christopher Lloyd, is about a cadaver that comes back to life to say goodbye to his wife. When he decided to develop the story into a short film, Ms. Gevinson, a family friend of Mr. Ansell, was his first pick for the lead, a young doctor.
Rookie editor Tavi Gevinson played NPR’s jokey news quiz show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me this weekend. During the pre-game banter, host Peter Sagal laid into some informed teasing about Ms. Gevinson’s nostalgia for culture that predates her existence, which she took like a champ.
In return she provided Mr. Sagal some tips for talking to his Tavi-aged daughters.
Back to School
Tavi Gevinson sat down with New York’s The Cut to discuss her new project Rookie today and revealed that not only does she have an interest in higher education, but may also enter a field perfectly suited to a Garage contributor.
Tavi Gevinson’s online magazine for teens, Rookie, launched today. Although it publishes daily, Rookie will have monthly themes to create the cohesiveness of a magazine issue, according to managing editor Emily Condon. This month is “beginnings,” appropriately. Rookie may still publish print volumes–a Rookie yearbook, say–but there are no immediate plans, she added. Read More
Teen fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson has decided not to launch her web magazine Rookie under the umbrella of Jane Pratt’s partnership with SAY Media, xoJane.com, reports WWD.
Perhaps our ambivalence toward clothes had prevented us from understanding the full extent of Ms. Gevinson’s genius, but to us this decision signals some serious savvy. Read More