I love Lorde and hope you do too. Heck, I hope Lorde wins at this year's Grammys or even just the library's Predict the Grammys contest. Her music is intelligent and beautiful, as self-possessed as the artist herself. I've noticed journalists treat her weirdly, like they can't get over the fact that she's a teenage girl in control of her massively popular work rather than your average pop star spouting whatever their publicist told them to say. If you want to know the real Lorde you should read Lorde's amazing interview with 17-year-old blogger Tavi Gevinson for Rookie Magazine. You get to find out stuff like what Lorde does when she goes on Tumblr, why she loves pop music, and what her favorite Rookie articles are.
Speaking of self-possessed and successful teenage girls, the aforementioned Tavi Gevinson has been running Rookie online since she was 15 years old. You can find personal essays, interviews, and advice columns by adult and teenage contributors about topics like style, body image, pop culture, and everything else a teenage girl might think and care about. Want to know how to style a beehive? Rookie will teach you that. Need to know how to deal with street harassment? Rookie will teach you that too.
The online magazine is great but you can borrow paper copies of Rookie Yearbooks One and Two that showcase the best of Rookie and have exclusive content just for you. I bet the next Rookie compilation will include Tavi's interview with Lorde because it's a great example of the amazing stuff Rookie has to offer.
In addition to its fifty-plus regular writers, photographers, and illustrators (many of whom are teenage girls themselves), Rookie’s contributors and interviewees have included prominent makers of popular culture such as Lena Dunham, Miranda July, Joss Whedon, Jon Hamm, Zooey Deschanel, David Sedaris, Elle Fanning, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, John Waters, Chloe Sevigny, Liz Phair, Dan Savage, JD Samson, Ira Glass, Aubrey Plaza, Daniel Clowes, Carrie Brownstein, Paul Feig, Bethany Cosentino, Kimya Dawson, Fred Armisen, and Winnie Holzman.
Rookie Yearbook Two collects interviews and contributions from notable adults including Morrissey, Emma Watson, Molly Ringwald, Carrie Brownstein, the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, award-winning cartoonist Chris Ware, and Museum of Jurassic Technology founder David Wilson.