Rae Mariz

Rae Mariz



I love Rookie mag. LOVE IT. I love teen girls, especially teen girl activists. I’M SO INSPIRED BY THESE YOUNG WOMEN. But I still think it’s a bit unsettling for a shoe company to come sidling into the picture and bask in the glow of their efforts. Doesn’t matter if I too had a pair of burgundy Doc Marten boots that I once loved. It’s still creepy.



Thank you, Internet.


No one tells me anything. But I saw from a random tweet that the Spanish edition of The Unidentified will be released soon. September 26! This cover is so great. My favorite.

(special thanks to @Unademagiaporfa)

Anonymous chic



This MetaFilter discussion about how it’s currently “cool” to be unGoogleable.


The kids from the Unidentified would definitely click their “like” buttons… if they weren’t protesting by not engaging in social media.

What really happens on a teen girl’s (intouch)…


Fourteen-year-old Casey Schwartz has ditched more social networking services than most people her parents’ age have joined.


Inseparable from her iPhone, but apt to tire of the sites she uses it to access, Casey at once personifies why much of the technology world has become obsessed with capturing the attention of people her age, and why those efforts risk turning into expensive debacles. That teens’ friendships and relationships will play out online is certain. But which site will host that social intrigue is constantly up for grabs.

Generation Sell


This article about youth culture got me excited about thinking about the Unidentified again.

We’re all selling something today, because even if we aren’t literally selling something (though thanks to the Internet as well as the entrepreneurial ideal, more and more of us are), we’re always selling ourselves. We use social media to create a product — to create a brand — and the product is us. We treat ourselves like little businesses, something to be managed and promoted.

The self today is an entrepreneurial self, a self that’s packaged to be sold.

And this bit about rebellion:

All this is why, unlike those of previous youth cultures, the hipster ethos contains no element of rebellion, rejection or dissent — remarkably so, given that countercultural opposition would seem to be essential to the very idea of youth culture. That may in turn be why the hipster has proved to be so durable. The heyday of the hippies lasted for all of about two years. The punks and slackers held the stage for little more than half a decade each. That’s the nature of rebellion: it needs to keep on happening. The punks rejected the mainstream, but they also rejected the previous rejection, hippiedom itself — which, by the late ’70s, was something that old people (i.e. 28-year-olds) were into. But hipsters, who’ve been around for 15 years or so, appear to have become a durable part of our cultural configuration.

Recognizably Anonymous



Here’s a short radio program from 99% Invisible about the group called Anonymous. I hadn’t heard of them while I was writing the Unidentified, but the similarities are exciting. This program also mentions branding their own image before anyone else did it for them. Really interesting listen. Really inspiring phenomena.


Anonymous Extraordinaries

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Black Friday


Great for malls? Sure. Great for consumer privacy? That’s where it gets complicated.

Hm. Sounds like another good reason to consider supporting Buy Nothing Day.

Thanks to cat hellisen for the creepy link.

Selling Rebellion


I’ve been getting links from people saying: Look! It’s the Unidentified for real!

Thought I’d share them.

The revolution will be trademarked and put on a t-shirt . . .

Thanks to ktjoy and mcnorth.

Anatomy of the Unidentified


Simmone Howell has a really cool series on her blog where she invites authors to tell some of the behind-the-scenes info about their books. The secret inspirations of the Unidentified are revealed on Anatomy of a Novel.