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Le in her every word even when she s talking about her relationship to her therapist andor therapist s kid andor teacher andor teacher s kid Not that she shouldn t be confident but a surprising number of people eel this I am amazing and everything about me is admirable and special way about themselves just look at your instagram Good Thinking feed and note the uantity of selfies Maybe even note the uantity of people you know who relate or look up to Lena Dunham Doesn t iteel like the opposite is true That they put themselves out there so much because of some kind of insecurity and need or validationBut the problem isn t really Lena The problem is the publishers and the execs and the interviewers and the media who put this work out or highlight it touting its cultural significance and representation of an entire "generation s worldview and over documenting the up "s worldview and over documenting the up the minute every thought and idea enabling her and other confident career driven self declaratory geniuses to hold the cultural spotlight as irmly as she does crotchety old voiceThis kind of writing used to belong on one of those blog things which were sort of like books although they didn t pretend to be culturally significant or important enough to be printed bound and ranked by the New York Times That s where people used to do all the writing they had to do about what they had Baccarat : La lgende du cristal for lunch or what makes themeel guilty when they close their eyes at night File Under BLOG Maybe they don t make those anyHey get off my lawn If you read the comments on negative reviews here on Goodreads these are some recurring themes you ll run into You didn t read this whole entire book so you re not allowed to rate or review itSome reviewers are obviously just looking O Colégio de Todos os Segredos for an excuse to trash booksIf you don t like a book why go on and on about it Put it down and get on with your life already Think about th This book reminded me of that scene in an action movie when an older man performs a stunt and then he mutters to himself I m getting too oldor this shtI am indeed too old to have any patience or this kind of shtty self indulgent writingI had
"wanted to like "to like book I like the idea of having a voice like Lena Dunham in the world telling a different story of womanhood And I thought the introduction to this book was good It had this uoteThere is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told especially if that person is a woman As hard as we have worked and as ar as we have come there are still so many Zoete tranen forces conspiring to tell women that our concerns are petty our opinions aren t needed that we lack the gravitas necessaryor our stories to matter That personal writing by women is no than an exercise in vanity and that we should appreciate this new world Water Music for women sit down and shut upI agree with that sentiment however I don t need to read drivel about a silly email you wrote to a boy or about weird boyfriends or all the times you shared a bed with a guy but didn t have sex or your burgeoning interest in exhibitionism or entriesrom your Revived food journal blah blah blahAfter a strong introduction this book uickly became painful to read and I had to skim to get through it It s a hodgepodge of essays that areine or A BLOG BUT IT DOESN T blog but it doesn t or a compelling read in print I cannot recommend this Yeesh Snooze Snooooooooze Things I like better than this book 1 The critically acclaimed TV show Girls2 Interviews with Lena Dunham3 The illegally released proposal or this book4 The cover of this book5 Toledo The typefac. At protect glasses in hotel bathrooms necessary but infinitely disposable” Exuberant moving and keenly observed Not That Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches Love for Imperfect Things from therontlines of the struggle that is growing up “I’m already predicting my A Heart of Stone future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you” Dunham writes “But if I can take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easieror you or prevent you rom having the kind of sex where you eel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile?. ,
Have any Language and Linguistics friends who aren t white racism but this is who she is and it s been discussed endlessly andruitlessly and depressingly and it s sort of like the eually cartoonishly white John Hughes 80 s high school movie Divertimento franchise so let s just talk about this bookShe s aantastic writer Great turns of phrases her ability to capture a moment is representative of her Love Is a Fairy Tale friend and role model Nora Ephron When she sunny and relatable she reminds me of some of my dearest wittiest pals Her memory or imagination serves her well recreating authentic detail upon detail of childhood experiences with a clarity mine certainly can t Her stories are
Often Shocking And Freuently Depressingshocking and Promise at Dawn freuently depressing lot of weirdamily and sex stories and a lot of simultaneous romanticization of and nostalgia or a life she s still living Expect hefty doses of TMI about both the shocking and the mundane Generally I think it s good to see her success The spotlight is so rarely on a woman and even rarely or her intellectual talents and not her looks So I m reading this And I ll be knee deep in an essay when she says things likeI still have a lot of guilt or screaming at Jimmy when "he ate a banana I had been saving especially since he died of AIDS a "ate a banana I had been saving especially since he died of AIDS a weeks later The summer after sopho year of college I became convinced I too would die of AIDS I simply waited and asked myself uestions was I strong enough to be an activist What would it eel like to be the The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery face of AIDS in the industrialised world By the end of summer I was officially living with AIDSSpoiler alert I wasineUh Why would anyone yell about a banana even if it wasn t at someone dying a horrible slow visibly painful and tragic death Is this supposed to be Darkmere funny Relatable Is that banana anecdote supposed to make me laugh and say Lena is so refreshingly honest I can t count the number of times I ve yelled at AIDS patients about bananas And then to go overboard to immediately skip hop over a real death to narcissistically view herself as the potentialace of a disease as serious as AIDS were she to have it Is that supposed to be Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? funny Relatable Deep Are we supposed to be taken aback at her honesty about human behavior and stupid sometimes impulsive ugly behavior like this and the dark places our minds go when thinking about death and the unknown Is this refreshing and new In my opinion it isn t Her writing shows a life led with some of the worst kind of privilege self centered and lonely and generally indicative of a lack of empathy toward the suffering of others and a hyperocus on the problems of her charmed life like Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den food diaries and long distance dating woes Expect nothing about the glory of getting to bring your own TV show to life but do expect stories about making out with the camera man and her private liberal arts college s parties Maybe she s too cool to share the excitement and the very real admirable and hard work behind having her own show but she is not too cool to share with you what she ateor lunch literally every day or several days in a row in excruciating detail Good lord WhyAnd I guess that s the rub with Lena Dunham and maybe the problem with the over sharers of the world being granted autobiographies So often I just don t get why these things are thought or said aloud or why I take
the time to read them hoping or something with substanceIt was written and recorded because of hertime to read them hoping The Eric Carle Gift Set for something with substanceIt was written and recorded because of her several times throughout the book she says or implies that she s always waitedor the moment the world discovers her brilliance and talent which she believes is visib. Unlocked”; “Girls Jerks” explores her Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century former attraction to less than nice guys guys who had perfected the “dynamic of disrespect” sheound so intriguing; “Is This Even Real” is a meditation on her lifelong obsession with death and dying what she calls her “genetically predestined morbidity” And in “I Didn’t F Them but They Yelled at Me” she imagines the tell all she will write when she is eighty and past caring able to reflect honestly on the sexism and condescension she has encountered in Hollywood where women are “treated like the paper thingies th. For someone who has branded herself as not that kind of girl by titling her Fashion Design Course first book Not That Kind of Girl Lena Dunham is still a very specific kind of girl with a very specific kind of girlan just not that kind Lena Dunham is the kind of girl who can write a sentence that makes you guffaw That can t possibly be true and yet you believe it A sentence like this He called me terrible names when I broke up with him Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, for a Puerto Rican named Joe with a tattoo that said mom in Comic Sans She s the kind of girl who observes reports analyzes and reanalyzes until a situation is both gravid and devoid of meaning She s the kind of girl who s self indulgent self involved yet self aware so you can tault her Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga for it The kind of girl with a lot of selfor better or worse And therein lies her ineffable charm Lena is a self A voice to be adored hated broadcasted muted screamed over listened to "raptly A voice to be heard It s refreshing to hear "A voice to be heard It s refreshing to hear so young believe and argue
"that she has "she has to say This confidence in self has led to hordes of Cincinnati and Other Plays fans other girlsull of various selves they want to share but don t exactly know where or how or even if they can because it might be scaryI just wish Lena had taken this platform that she has built and decorated and adorned with Emmys and haters galore by age 28 and said something relevant It s a haphazardly constructed book assembled like a 3rd grader doing papier m ch Speak Out! for theirst time ideas glued together but no idea uite I Like You the Best full enough to stand alone no idea uite properly connected to the one attached to it People who have big bursting selves that they are eager to share with a world that is not ready to receive themreuently become bloated on their own raucous tales When I meet people I say barely anything about myself and pepper my partner with uestions I am a listener and I m completely content living my life this way But sometimes you meet people who take advantage of your proclivity or listening Lena I expect is one such person Sure I agreed to read her Book Which Means I Willingly Consented To which means I willingly consented to to the mundanities and brilliances of Lena Dunham The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico for at least two hundred pages But it was too much at times I don t want to hear about that one time at summer camp when you were 14 years old unless you were my 14 year old cabin bunkmate during my 14 year old summer at Camp Birch Trails and we re reminiscing And maybe not even then Midway through the book tempted to skip another essay rehashing the same old topics that I stopped caring about one hundred pages ago I asked myself are there stories that don t need to be told As a lover of storytelling my knee jerk response is to say no loudly and declaratively But I m reconsidering Not every story has some latent meaning awaiting discovery and retrospective analysis decades later Not every story deserves to be shoutedrom rooftops or graven on paper Some stories are just things that happen To us they re important We should keep them love them learn Lone Star Standoff from them And then we should pack them in boxes in the backs of our minds mature and aware that there are simply some parts of our selves that we don t need to share I m not this kind of girlI want to love Lena Dunham I m going to put aside the whole lack of inclusion of any kind of race or ethnicity in herilmic work because she doesn t have any riends who all outside the privileged upper middle class white demographic so this is what she writes about and that s sad and sort of symptomatic of a new hey i m cool with people who aren t white I just don In Not That Kind of Girl Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world More Punishment For His Cheating Wife falling in loveeeling alone being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health Decision food having to prove yourself in a roomull of men twice your age The View from Alameda Island finding true love and most of all having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told “Take My Virginity No Really Take It” is the account of Dunham’sirst time and how her expectations of sex didn’t uite live up to the actual event “No loodgate had been opened no vault of true womanhood. .