TAVI VIA JOHN HAMM VIA FRANK OHARA
Like this Internet wormhole path: Scavenging for footage of Frank O’Hara, come across a video of O’Hara reading “Fantasy” in his NYC apartment in 1966 (just a couple months before Fire Island dune buggy death). Poem ends, up crops the usual patchwork of 12 videos suggested by YouTube for my subsequent viewing pleasure, and among them is vlogger Don Draper AKA unshaven Jon Hamm in a Cardinals Tee at his laptop. Obvi, I click, and watch Hamm deftly answer ?s from teenage girls looking for relationship advice and insight into the minds of boyz…??? Turns out this is one in a series of “Ask a Grown Man,” whose roster reads as sort of the hipster darlings section of a Who’s Who of TV & Film (Girls' Alex Karpovsky, Sleepwalk With Me's Mike Birbiglia, Community's Danny Pudi, Portlandia's Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Rudd), and a series that originates on the online version of Rookie, a (admittedly awesome) monthly periodical exploring art, fashion, culture, politics, technology, and fiction for teenage girls. It’s smart, frank, less than two years old, encourages readers to send in artistic photos of flowers in their braces, teaches them about catfishing, provides updates on the international fight for marriage equality, offers salient advice on the pros and cons of sex in high school, was developed in consultation with Ira Glass, and has playlist mix tapes with the Bay City Rollers and the Troggs. And obviously is edited by Tavi Gevensen (145,000 twitter followers, of which I am now one). The point of this and the Internet is that all paths lead to Tavi Gevenson, and she will always know more than you about pop culture and having a positive impact. It had to be you, Tavi.