1. "All I want is education, and I am afraid of no one."
Malala Yousafzai as Rosie the Riveter.  View in High-Res

    "All I want is education, and I am afraid of no one."

    Malala Yousafzai as Rosie the Riveter. 

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  1. 2014 Emmy Award Nominations are out today.

    We’ve got interviews with several of the nominees: 

    Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Matthew McConaughey, Tim Gunn, Jimmy Fallon, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Amy Poehler, Louis C.K, Fred Armisen/Carrie Brownstein, Tina Fey, Key & Peele, Amy Schumer, Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black), Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Noah Hawley (Fargo)

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  1. Actor Chris O’Dowd spoke to Fresh Air today about working with writer/director/producer Judd Apatow on Girls, This Is 40, and Bridesmaids:

He is incredibly smart but also very, very well prepared…and the way he’ll do things is he talks to you during the take so he will have maybe five or six really funny lines up his sleeve if he feels like the one he’s written isn’t working and I guess what you learn from that is just don’t be too precious about what you’ve written on the page yourself. Just make sure that what ends up in the editing room is a well to work from and he’s great at that. He just wants the funniest line.


Chris O’Dowd is now starring on Broadway in Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice & Men.’ 
Image via vulture

    Actor Chris O’Dowd spoke to Fresh Air today about working with writer/director/producer Judd Apatow on Girls, This Is 40, and Bridesmaids:

    He is incredibly smart but also very, very well prepared…and the way he’ll do things is he talks to you during the take so he will have maybe five or six really funny lines up his sleeve if he feels like the one he’s written isn’t working and I guess what you learn from that is just don’t be too precious about what you’ve written on the page yourself. Just make sure that what ends up in the editing room is a well to work from and he’s great at that. He just wants the funniest line.

    Chris O’Dowd is now starring on Broadway in Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice & Men.’ 

    Image via vulture

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  1. Painting by Jemima Kirke via New York Times

“This is the daughter of a friend of mine. She is 6 years old and was not in the least bit uncomfortable with me painting her. Most kids aren’t, and naturally, they are actually quite bored by the process. But, what was interesting about Sasha is that she actually seemed to understand why I was painting her. She showed up in a beautiful white dress that she picked out herself, and had a lot of say in how she posed for the painting. She even helped me decide which size canvas. We really worked together on this one and took each other seriously. I was interested in her maturity and her poise.” “Sasha,” 2013
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    Painting by Jemima Kirke via New York Times

    “This is the daughter of a friend of mine. She is 6 years old and was not in the least bit uncomfortable with me painting her. Most kids aren’t, and naturally, they are actually quite bored by the process. But, what was interesting about Sasha is that she actually seemed to understand why I was painting her. She showed up in a beautiful white dress that she picked out herself, and had a lot of say in how she posed for the painting. She even helped me decide which size canvas. We really worked together on this one and took each other seriously. I was interested in her maturity and her poise.” “Sasha,” 2013

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  1. Yes, the rumors are true. Girls’ creator and star Lena Dunham is going to be on the cover of the February issue of Vogue. Annie Liebovitz photographed the young “Queen of Comedy.”

The spread bears a slight resemblance to Sarah Jessica Parker’s shoot in 2008 in which Parker posed in places familiar to her Sex and the City character, Carrie Bradshaw.
Alas, the comparison between Girls and Sex and the City continues.

In Lena Dunham’s Fresh Air interview she spoke to Terry Gross about feeling disconnected from the typical rom com protagonist:


"I think romantic comedy, when done right, is my favorite genre. It’s just a genre that’s very human. Bridesmaids had a pink poster, and I loved it — and I don’t want to call out any movie specifically, but there is a certain kind of film that is not fun to me in a guilty-pleasure way, and there is a certain kind of chick-lit book that isn’t even fun to me in a guilty-pleasure way, because I don’t see any of myself in it. Because none of my actions — and maybe this is speaking to my age, because I’m 25 — but none of my actions have ever been [determined] by the search for a husband, or wondering if I was going to have a family someday, or wanting to live in a really great house, or thinking it would be really great to have a diamond. There are just certain drives, and I think that those things may be representative of a desire for love or something else. I’m sure those writers would not appreciate me distilling their thesis down to the search for a diamond, but there’s a kind of female character that doesn’t make sense to me.”



What do you think? Does this sentiment differentiate Hannah from Carrie? Or does it connect them?

image via Vogue View in High-Res

    Yes, the rumors are true. Girls’ creator and star Lena Dunham is going to be on the cover of the February issue of Vogue. Annie Liebovitz photographed the young “Queen of Comedy.”

    The spread bears a slight resemblance to Sarah Jessica Parker’s shoot in 2008 in which Parker posed in places familiar to her Sex and the City character, Carrie Bradshaw.

    Alas, the comparison between Girls and Sex and the City continues.

    In Lena Dunham’s Fresh Air interview she spoke to Terry Gross about feeling disconnected from the typical rom com protagonist:

    "I think romantic comedy, when done right, is my favorite genre. It’s just a genre that’s very human. Bridesmaids had a pink poster, and I loved it — and I don’t want to call out any movie specifically, but there is a certain kind of film that is not fun to me in a guilty-pleasure way, and there is a certain kind of chick-lit book that isn’t even fun to me in a guilty-pleasure way, because I don’t see any of myself in it. Because none of my actions — and maybe this is speaking to my age, because I’m 25 — but none of my actions have ever been [determined] by the search for a husband, or wondering if I was going to have a family someday, or wanting to live in a really great house, or thinking it would be really great to have a diamond. There are just certain drives, and I think that those things may be representative of a desire for love or something else. I’m sure those writers would not appreciate me distilling their thesis down to the search for a diamond, but there’s a kind of female character that doesn’t make sense to me.”

    What do you think? Does this sentiment differentiate Hannah from Carrie? Or does it connect them?

    image via Vogue

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  1. Did you catch the SNL parody of GIRLS? (feat. Tina Fey)

    We’re excited about the new SNL lineup. These new ladies can really do impressions!


    In case you missed it, here’s Lena’s interview with us in May of last year.

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  1. So last night was a big night for Girls. The show and its writer and star, Lena Dunham, picked up a couple Golden Globes and the second season premiered on HBO. But even if you’re one of those people who “doesn’t watch tv” …
The Millions on “Ten Books to Read Now That HBO’s Girls Is Back”:








But while Dunham’s lady-centered wry comedy may be singular in today’s television line-up, the world of literature is home to a multitude of books with the same appeal as Girls, books that feature a certain kind of female protagonist (usually one coming of age) or a certain kind of female narrator (pointed, self-deprecating, and ultimately wise). These are books that — like Girls – explore what it is like to be young and hungry — hungry for love and hungry for sex, but most of all, hungry for recognition and hungry for adulthood. Ultimately, the girls in these books, like the girls of Girls, are hungry to become the women they will one day be.








And in case you missed it, Friday’s show was a Girls bonanza with Terry’s interview with Lena Dunham and David Bianculli’s review of the second season. View in High-Res

    So last night was a big night for Girls. The show and its writer and star, Lena Dunham, picked up a couple Golden Globes and the second season premiered on HBO. But even if you’re one of those people who “doesn’t watch tv” …

    The Millions on “Ten Books to Read Now That HBO’s Girls Is Back”:

    But while Dunham’s lady-centered wry comedy may be singular in today’s television line-up, the world of literature is home to a multitude of books with the same appeal as Girls, books that feature a certain kind of female protagonist (usually one coming of age) or a certain kind of female narrator (pointed, self-deprecating, and ultimately wise). These are books that — like Girls – explore what it is like to be young and hungry — hungry for love and hungry for sex, but most of all, hungry for recognition and hungry for adulthood. Ultimately, the girls in these books, like the girls of Girls, are hungry to become the women they will one day be.

    And in case you missed it, Friday’s show was a Girls bonanza with Terry’s interview with Lena Dunham and David Bianculli’s review of the second season.

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  1. David Bianculli on the second season of Girls, which premieres on January 13:




Girls, without question, has the definite aroma of both honesty and originality. The four main characters — aspiring writer Hannah, art curator Marnie, free spirit Jessa, repressed spirit Shoshanna — have problems holding onto jobs, maintaining their intimate relationships, and even staying close to one another. The breakups are messy, but so are the less dramatic times. Sex, in this series, usually gets down to equal parts passion and awkwardness — which makes it seem all the more real, and, like the emotions displayed throughout, all the more raw.





Today, we also rebroadcast our May interview with Lena Dunham. You can listen to that here.

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    David Bianculli on the second season of Girls, which premieres on January 13:

    Girls, without question, has the definite aroma of both honesty and originality. The four main characters — aspiring writer Hannah, art curator Marnie, free spirit Jessa, repressed spirit Shoshanna — have problems holding onto jobs, maintaining their intimate relationships, and even staying close to one another. The breakups are messy, but so are the less dramatic times. Sex, in this series, usually gets down to equal parts passion and awkwardness — which makes it seem all the more real, and, like the emotions displayed throughout, all the more raw.

    Today, we also rebroadcast our May interview with Lena Dunham. You can listen to that here.

    Image courtesy of HBO

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  1. The HBO show Girls gets all dressed up in its Box Set Season 1 duds today. Included as an extra is the Fresh Air interview with Lena Dunham. We’re tickled!
We’re planning to rebroadcast the interview on Friday, but that is, of course, subject to change as plans often are. If you feel like listening now though, here ya go.

    The HBO show Girls gets all dressed up in its Box Set Season 1 duds today. Included as an extra is the Fresh Air interview with Lena Dunham. We’re tickled!

    We’re planning to rebroadcast the interview on Friday, but that is, of course, subject to change as plans often are. If you feel like listening now though, here ya go.

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  1. There is something vulnerable about showing your tattoos to people, even while it gives you a feeling that you are wearing a sleeve when you are naked.

    — Lena Dunham on tattoos.

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  1. It’s happened to me more than once, and my mom says it must be genetic because she has a couple of them in her past too. Our hope is that what it means is that we are a comfortable resting place for a guy who is figuring things out. Our fear is that we turn men gay.

    — Lena Dunham (and her mom) have each dated several guys who have turned out to be gay. [full interview here]

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  1. This show isn’t supposed to feel exclusionary. It’s supposed to feel honest, and it’s supposed to feel true to many aspects of my experience. But for me to ignore that criticism and not to take it in would really go against my beliefs and my education in so many things. And I think the liberal-arts student in me really wants to engage in a dialogue about it, but as I learn about engaging with the media, I realize it’s not the same as sitting in a seminar talking things through at Oberlin. Every quote is sort of used and misused and placed and misplaced, and I really wanted to make sure I spoke sensitively to this issue. …

    — On today’s Fresh Air, Lena Dunham addresses the criticism Girls has received about a lack of diversity in the cast

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  1. David Bianculli, on Lena Dunham’s new series Girls: “The voice Hannah the character, and Girls the series, comes closest to echoing, and emulating, is that of Louis C.K.’s character on the FX series Louie. He, like Hannah, seems to be fighting an uphill battle against life in New York, and questioning what it all means. And looking for love in a lot of the wrong places, and venting his frustrations in ways that sometimes are brilliantly clever, and other times are hilariously, helplessly nonverbal.” View in High-Res

    David Bianculli, on Lena Dunham’s new series Girls: “The voice Hannah the character, and Girls the series, comes closest to echoing, and emulating, is that of Louis C.K.’s character on the FX series Louie. He, like Hannah, seems to be fighting an uphill battle against life in New York, and questioning what it all means. And looking for love in a lot of the wrong places, and venting his frustrations in ways that sometimes are brilliantly clever, and other times are hilariously, helplessly nonverbal.”

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