In 2018, Rookie, the online magazine for teen girls created by actor Tavi Gevinson, folded. Yet, the gospel of Rookie — an online feminist space that encouraged young girls to discover, explore and be who they are without apology — has kept going. Despite shutting down three years ago, the online archive still receives nearly 500,000 unique visitors per month. And now, Gevinson is set to add to the archive with a new Audible podcast series based on one of Rookie’s most popular columns, “Life Skills by Rookie.” The series premieres Thursday and will feature some of Gevinson’s favorite writers and thinkers answering questions such as, “How do I talk back to my inner critic?” and “How do I manage uncertainty?”
The “Life Skills by Rookie” podcast couldn’t have come at a better time, when it seems like our collective and individual futures feel very much up in the air. Gevinson, who has thrown herself into acting since Rookie ended (she is set to star in the upcoming “Gossip Girl” reboot), spent much of last year slowing down in order to figure out what’s next. In the interview with HuffPost below, she discusses “Life Skills by Rookie,” how the work of Mary Gaitskill has changed her life, and the power of saying “no.”
Where did the idea or the impulse come from to do this particular project? What does it feel like to see that even after Rookie in its original iteration is gone, it’s still continuing to connect and touch people years later?
So Audible approached me, and my producer there was also the editor at Razorbill at Penguin for Rookie’s yearbooks. She was really familiar with Rookie and, you know, we were kind of reminiscing about specific essays or articles that she remembered, and then trying to think of a way to do a little Rookie show that would kind of feel like this special pop-up, one-off project. And I ended up on “Life Skills by Rookie” because Krista Burton did the “Life Skills” column on...