rookie-mag

My goofiest-sounding secret is that I also believe in magic. Sometimes I call it God and sometimes I call it light, and I believe in it because every now and then I read a really good book or hear a really good song or have a really good conversation with a friend and they seem to have some kind of shine to them. The list I keep of these moments in the back of my journal is comprised less of times when I was laughing or smiling and more of times when I felt like I could feel the colors in my eyes deepening from the display before me. Times in which I felt I was witnessing an all-encompassing representation of life driven by an understanding that, coincidence or not, our existence is a peculiar thing, and perhaps the greatest way to honor it is to just be human. To be happy AND sad, and everything else. And yeah, living is a pain, and I say I hate everyone and everything, and I don’t exude much enthusiasm when sandwiched between fluorescent lighting and vinyl flooring for seven hours straight, and I will probably mumble a bunch about how much I wish I could sleep forever the next time I have to wake up at 6 AM. But make no mistake about it: I really do like living. I really, truly do.
—  Tavi Gevinson
Rowan Blanchard and Gia Coppola on 'Teenagers and Adolescence'
  • RB: I notice a theme of adolescence in your work, that kind of foreverness and longing that teens experience. What draws you to that?
  • GC: James [Franco] always said it well: Teenagers are really good vessels to articulate emotions. They feel things in such heavy ways and they wear their hearts on their sleeves.
  • RB: Everything’s so raw.
  • GC: Maybe I like these stories because I still feel like a teenager.
  • RB: Being a teenager is both awful and wonderful at the same time.