The Lena Dunham media love and defensiveness fest continues today with a long, adoring cover story in Entertainment Weekly. Reading it, I can’t help thinking what interviews with her always make me think: for someone who is so smart about some things, Lena Dunham is really dumb about others. Namely: her own privilege, and not sounding like a huge asshole when discussing topics relating to it. You’d think her publicist would have pulled her aside and had a little talk with her by now, but clearly they haven’t, so I am going to do it for her. More
In this new column, a recent college grad getting her footing in the world gives advice to her teenage self.
You suck. No really, you suck. You stupid, solipsistic, self-confident, self-contained sucky person. Youâ€™re the reason I sit here in front of my computer week after week being completely and utterly unable to think of things on which to advise you. (And itâ€™s only the third week.) Stop being so damned well-adjusted! We could have had problems, baby, you and me. We could have been a troubled teenager. We could have had addiction problems. We could have had bad boyfriends (or boyfriends at all). We could have been a success story, one of those inspirational anecdotes in Chicken Soup for the Post-Graduate Soul: look how sheâ€™s overcome her late teenage existential crises to become a self-assured adult! More