Tavi Gevinson nerding out on Nerdette Podcast

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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

Just in case you were wondering, it is 100 percent OK to fan girl. Not familiar with the phrase? Oak Parker Tavi Gevinson shares her thoughts on fan girling, art, music and other musings on Nerdette Podcast. 

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Big Al from Oak Park  

Posted: February 12th, 2014 12:35 PM

Seems to me the old adage "if you don't have anything nice to say don't say it". Fits perfectly in this situation. Positive comments here are apropos. Negative comments speak louder of the person commenting than the one being commented on.


Posted: February 12th, 2014 9:33 AM

When I wrote "the borg faction that make up most of the high school girl population" it was not OPRF specific, rather high school in general. I regret that you internalized it. This is a unique young lady who has achieved some success and should be applauded for it. I'm unclear why you need to call anyone out on anything. Feel free to disagree and I wish the same success to you and your minivan full of girls who have may have some great ideas also. Hope the family is there for support! Peace.

Impressed Too  

Posted: February 12th, 2014 8:29 AM

No one is saying that the other 3200 students are all underachievers. It is the bullying of this young woman that is distasteful. She has a legal business that happens to be successful. It is quite common for a small business to have family backing of all kinds. Why should her success bother you?

Totally Disagree  

Posted: February 11th, 2014 6:02 PM

We all have our opinions and I did notice that only I called Clancy out on his inappropriate remark about other high school students (nice way of assuming that Tavi is the only one of 3200 kids there doing anything). Plus none of you admitted you listened to this podcast. Tavi had a lot of help (her dad and his money) and good for her. I doubt that many people who know her in Oak Park are "inspired" though. Glad that she has managed to capture so many adult fans. Enjoy her magazine!

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 11th, 2014 2:42 PM

I am with Clancy. Tavi's stuff is neat. I will not be part of her audience but will drop by once in a while to see what is going on. There is a reminder to traditional Oak Parkers. The village is passionate and committed to all forms of art. Tavi might not be giving you the art you like most, but isn't that the way of art?


Posted: February 11th, 2014 10:09 AM

@ Totally Disagree - Those are some awfully sour grapes you've been snacking upon. I guess the girls in your minivan were too busy being part of the collective to explore personal endeavors. Luckily, it's never too late. Let this young lady, Tavi, serve as inspiration.

Impressed Too  

Posted: February 11th, 2014 9:30 AM

I do hope the haters choose to spend their time and effort pursuing noble, positive activities such as starting their own businesses, setting high personal goals, and helping others. Then there would be less time for needless negativity. World peace could begin with you.


Posted: February 10th, 2014 8:35 PM

Tell those girls in the minivan to get on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, Totally. Let's not drag down our successful young women and lift the rest up instead.

Totally Disagree  

Posted: February 10th, 2014 8:08 PM

I listened to the podcast and maybe you haven't been around a lot of teenage girls (nice to call them all the bong faction by the way, Clancy) but I am not hearing any thoughts or advice that are unique to this girl. I don't see the fascination but for those who do, great. I have heard many of the same conversations in the back of my minivan. Did you really listen to this podcast or are you just on the bandwagon?


Posted: February 10th, 2014 6:00 PM

Very impressive. This young lady is uniquely herself and the borg faction that make up most of the high school girl population can learn a lot from her.


Posted: February 10th, 2014 8:17 AM

She addressed adulthood and higher expectations with confidence and humility in the interview I heard. Her attitude towards her employees was refreshing. She has a good business plan for her future. Who cares what the jealous think? She's smart, successful, and getting tons of media attention. It doesn't sound like a few Oak Park haters are on her radar. Which shows maturity, too.


Posted: February 10th, 2014 12:32 AM

What has she done that makes you so impressed? Starting a blog? Having the money to go to fashion shows? Real talent there. No one who ever saw her in OP ever thought she was close to fashionable. She isn't striving for world peace, she is blogging, giving advice to tweens. It's ridiculous to imply that any negative comments are jealousy. How about some of us just don't see the "talent?"

Impressed Too  

Posted: February 8th, 2014 4:31 PM

Why all the snarky comments? This young woman is to be commended for having the creativity and drive to start and run a successful business at her age. Sounds as if there are some immature and jealous wannabes dissing her. Bravo on the book deal, Tavi!

Big Al from Oak Park  

Posted: February 8th, 2014 4:30 PM

Wow am I discerning a bit of green eyed jealousy from some of the commenters here? Guess all successful people will have their detractors from the small minded group.


Posted: February 8th, 2014 3:23 PM

What has she done? Those who know her don't see the fascination. Not sure where the substance is.


Posted: February 8th, 2014 12:40 PM

I heard Tavi for the first time being interviewed on Marketplace the other evening and was very impressed with her. Keep up the hard work!


Posted: February 8th, 2014 9:58 AM

A worldwide celeb doesn't need its hometown paper. But seriously what makes a celebrity anymore is something I cannot understand.


Posted: February 7th, 2014 2:16 PM

Because Tavi needs Wednesday Journal coverage.


Posted: February 6th, 2014 9:38 PM

Someone's working extra hard to keep her name in the news. Her publicist, aka Dad, is doing his job. Two articles in one week on the "star."

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