1. An essay from Lena Dunham's fortcoming memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, was released today in The New Yorker. It’s about growing up with various therapists. 
It opens: 

"I am eight, and I am afraid of everything. The list of things that keep me up at night includes but is not limited to: appendicitis, typhoid, leprosy, unclean meat, foods I haven’t seen emerge from their packaging, foods my mother hasn’t tasted first so that if we die we die together, homeless people, headaches, rape, kidnapping, milk, the subway, sleep."


Read the essay or hear Fresh Air’s most recent interview with Dunham. 

Photo of Little Lena found on Pinterest 

    An essay from Lena Dunham's fortcoming memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, was released today in The New Yorker. It’s about growing up with various therapists. 

    It opens: 

    "I am eight, and I am afraid of everything. The list of things that keep me up at night includes but is not limited to: appendicitis, typhoid, leprosy, unclean meat, foods I haven’t seen emerge from their packaging, foods my mother hasn’t tasted first so that if we die we die together, homeless people, headaches, rape, kidnapping, milk, the subway, sleep."

    Read the essay or hear Fresh Air’s most recent interview with Dunham

    Photo of Little Lena found on Pinterest 

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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. Emmy nominations are out, people!

    We’ve got an all-star line-up of interviews with the nominees for you: 

    Downton Abbey and our favorite Dowager Countess Maggie Smith are nominated in Drama as well as and House of Cards and Kevin Spacey.

    VEEP and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are nominated for Best Comedy Series as well as Laura Dern in Enlightened

    For good measure, some other nominees that we’ve spoken to include  Lena Dunham (Girls), Connie Britton (Nashville), and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men/Top of the Lake). 

    Who are you rooting for? 

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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. With both Lena [Dunham] and Kristen [Wiig] … you do get the sense that they approach all of the work differently than men. The things that they’re writing about are different, but it’s hard to say what it is … because everyone’s looking for love, everyone’s looking to be happy, everyone wants to be grounded. There are specific neuroses to their projects that are not exactly how men are. There’s more of a vulnerability to how they go about their lives. … [T]hey’re all willing to not worry about being liked. They will expose themselves and show all of their pain and frustrations and desires, and we never have a moment where they think, ‘I’ll look weird doing that,’ or ‘That makes me look bad.’ They just want to expose the truth, which is what I always want. And being around them has made me want to do that more in my work.

    — Judd Apatow on the different working attitudes of men and women

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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. Lena Dunham on navigating the tricky boundaries with her parents: "I am a working woman out in the world, but I still live with my parents half the time. I’ve been taking this long, stuttering period of moving out. … I feel like I’m constantly asking them to please stay out of my work life, but also to please bring me soup. It’s this weird moment where you just don’t have a sense of what age-appropriate behavior is because there is no age-appropriate behavior."

(via Lena Dunham Addresses Criticism Aimed At ‘Girls’ : NPR) View in High-Res

    Lena Dunham on navigating the tricky boundaries with her parents: "I am a working woman out in the world, but I still live with my parents half the time. I’ve been taking this long, stuttering period of moving out. … I feel like I’m constantly asking them to please stay out of my work life, but also to please bring me soup. It’s this weird moment where you just don’t have a sense of what age-appropriate behavior is because there is no age-appropriate behavior."

    (via Lena Dunham Addresses Criticism Aimed At ‘Girls’ : NPR)

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  1. Today: Lena Dunham addresses all of the backlash surrounding her HBO show Girls and talks about how she came up with many of the story lines. (Other topics include her tattoos, her feelings about sex, college, parents, growing older, finding out former boyfriends are gay, and navigating post-college life.)

    Today: Lena Dunham addresses all of the backlash surrounding her HBO show Girls and talks about how she came up with many of the story lines. (Other topics include her tattoos, her feelings about sex, college, parents, growing older, finding out former boyfriends are gay, and navigating post-college life.)

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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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