New Year’s Eve 2012 was epic. A friend of mine had decided to invite a group of her closest friends to celebrate her 30th birthday while ringing in the New Year, in Marfa, Texas. Although I’ve known this friend for years and we had worked together at Spin magazine, I was still not acquainted with her entire circle of friends. So the thought of a random group of people, coming together to celebrate the birth of one of our favorite friends in the middle of the desert, was not only intriguing but also exciting. Enter Christie Young, native Texan, remarkable illustrator, graphic designer for Madewell, and, now, newly published author who currently resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Upon meeting Young for the first time and, later, spending several days cooped up in a small adobe house with her, I immediately noticed that she always had a pen in hand. She would stand over the kitchen island and feverishly sketch while dangling an American Spirit from her lips. Perhaps at the time she was trying to make an impending deadline for her publisher, or maybe she was just overcome by inspiration. Either way, that was my first impression of this cool, dark-haired beauty.

Fast-forward a year and a half later, and Young is on the verge of releasing her first book, Girl Talk: Unsolicited Advice for Modern Ladies. I reconnected with Young to do some, well, girl talk about Girl Talk and learn more about her quirky, illustrated guide to dating:

“A few years ago, my best friend and I got dragged to a party where (not entirely sure why) everyone was on ecstasy but us. We got to talking about how we wanted to do some kind of project together, and out of that was born our now-defunct blog Woofbuzz, named after our shared love of Home Alone. I did a drawing for the blog based on what I thought the ‘rules’ for readers (or actually me and my friend) should be, and a good friend who was the editor of Good magazine at the time saw it and asked if I would be interested in doing a column. So I began a series called ‘The Rules,’ which was a semiautobiographical comic that was advice-driven, though not actually good advice. After doing that for about a year, I started working with my current agent on developing a project that had the same vibe as ‘The Rules,’ but was a little bit more structured. Girl Talk is an illustrated guide for modern ladies, with the full understanding that life is weird and people are weird and dating is weird, but we’re all going to be totally fine (or let’s hope so).”

Amen, sister.

Girl Talk: Unsolicited Advice for Modern Ladies can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

Photos: Courtesy of Monique Lavie


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Monique Lavie

"Eat, surf, eat, surf, hold a cuddly animal, eat, and surf." This is the mantra of Monique Lavie, a jet-setter and Austin, Texas-based writer for the digital magazine CultureMap. Originally ...