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‘Girls’ Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: “Ask Me My Name”

Confession: I found this episode very difficult to watch. In Girls-land, a Hannah Horvath meet cute is the equivalent of the Jaws theme, a surefire sign that things are about to get (emotionally) gory and fast. So from the moment Fran the “17th century notions of utopia” teacher, played with familiar sweetness by Obvious Child leading man Jake Lacy, asks Hannah out in the faculty lounge of their fancy schmancy Brooklyn private school, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. And drop it sure as hell did. … Read More

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‘Girls’ Season 4 Episode 6 Recap: “Close Up”

It’s rare that seasons of Girls divide so neatly in half, but so much has come to an end or started anew in its tiny Brooklyn universe of late that “Close Up” feels more like a reset button than a follow-up. As the dust settles in the aftermath of “Sit-In,” Hannah and Adam are definitively no more, Mimi-Rose and Adam are now a couple for the show to explore independent of their effect on Hannah, and Desi and Marnie are now well past the honeymoon phase of cheating and homewrecking, respectively. That’s a lot of new ground to cover, and “Close Up” is a great start, albeit one that’s designed to be less memorable than last week’s showpiece. … Read More

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Lena Dunham Will Appear on ‘Scandal’

Scandal, everybody! Lena Dunham, zeitgeist figurehead, creator of Girls, and writer of Not That Kind of Girl, is going… Read More

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HBO Reveals Release Date for Lena Dunham’s ‘It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise’

HBO has announced that the documentary It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise will air March 23. The doc, a… Read More

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Allison Williams Defends Her Father with Unrelated Anecdote About a School Dance

Allison Williams, star of Girls and unfortunate heiress to the Brian Williams helicopter incident stigma, gave a talk with Seth Meyers… Read More

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‘Girls’ Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: “Sit-In”

It takes Hannah Horvath’s worst nightmare to make her biggest wish come true. Despite what Adam tells her about his new relationship with Mimi-Rose Howard—she of the woman’s name and a man’s name, with a flower stuck in the middle—”Sit-In” is all about her. In many ways, the cliffhanger the episode picks up on is the narcissist’s dream: something terrible happens that is objectively not Hannah’s fault, or at least not directly, bringing her friends and frenemies to her emotional sickbed one at a time. Unfortunately, the “something terrible” has to come first. … Read More

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‘Girls’ Season 4, Episode 4 Recap: “Cubbies”

It’s been seventy-five years since Thomas Wolfe wrote the book on it, but You Can’t Go Home Again is still a productive theme with a protagonist as un-self aware as Hannah Horvath. Poor Hannah can’t undo the damage she did at the rager last week with an “apology” letter so passive-aggressive even she doesn’t realize how unapologetic it is. So she tries to turn back time even further by taking her father’s advice and returning to New York—only to find her couch gone and her boyfriend attached to blonde, pencil-thin Gillian Jacobs, a situation that’s likely the stuff of Hannah’s insecure nightmares. … Read More

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Why Are Female Directors Never Viewed as Part of a “Scene”?

In The New Yorker, Richard Brody has published a response to Manohla Dargis’ magnificent three-part series in the New York Times on the difficult road for female filmmakers in 2015. In Brody’s opinion, Dargis ignores the fact that there are genuinely talented female filmmakers out there — whether it’s Josephine Decker, who Brody proclaimed a “star” after the release of her first two films Thou Wast Mild and Lovely and Butter on the Latch, or Miranda July, whose Me and You and Everyone We Know and The Future when it was reviewed, received fascinating reviews, ranging from “nope!” to “genius!” … Read More

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The Case for Writing Workshops

Girls‘ recent exploration of the writing workshop has provided a rare opportunity to publicly explore the good and bad sides of the building block of creative writing instruction, known as just “workshop” to veterans. For those who don’t know, during workshop, one writer sits silently, offering up a previously-submitted piece of writing to discussion, analysis, and critique. During the allotted time, the teacher classmates will refer to “the writer” and “the writer’s choice” as if the person in the “hot seat” were absent (this is the mandatory silence that Girls‘ Hannah cannot maintain in class). Sometimes the writer gets a five-minute response window at the end, sometimes not. Often the critique begins with a “what works in this piece?” discussion before moving in to constructive criticism. The received wisdom of workshop is that you learn as much from dissecting the “craft” choices of your peers as you do from their dissection of your own work. In other words, everyone is learning from each others’ mistakes. … Read More

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‘Girls’ Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: “Female Author”

It’s about damn time Girls gave us a reason to root for Marnie. “Female Author” is enough to make us remember the show’s early days, when Marnie didn’t just have her life together—she had her life orders of magnitude more together than any of her friends. After months upon months of mortifying office parties and kitchen sink rim jobs, the put-together gallerist we once knew was all but forgotten. And then we got this episode, which sees Marnie make real, concrete, hopefully possibly lasting progress, personally and professionally. Who knew she had it in her—or more importantly, that the writers’ room would let her have it? … Read More

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