Lena Dunham

Watch Lena Dunham, Chris Pratt, and Lisa Kudrow Read Mean Tweets About Themselves

Tweets, man. They can be vicious. The anonymity granted by the Internet, combined with twitter’s enabling strangers to contact,… Read More

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Get Ready for ”Girls’ and Philosophy’ — a Book About the Philosophy Behind HBO’s ‘Girls’

Perhaps Girls isn’t seen through a philosophical lens often enough: it’s certainly seen through the outrage-over-privilege lens, it’s certainly seen through a… Read More

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Watch Jessa Slap Hannah in ‘Girls’ Season 4 Trailer

Remember when the Girls girls had semi-recently graduated from Oberlin College, and were trying to (have their parents help them) stay… Read More

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Lena Dunham’s Triggering Art Doesn’t Make Her an Abuser, No Matter What Some Transphobic Bigot Insists

This past weekend, The National Review‘s Kevin Williamson, notable for his transphobic piece “Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman” and an infamous “women who get abortions should be hanged” tweet, moved on to attacking Lena Dunham for writing about her own rape in her memoir, Not That Kind of Girl.  … Read More

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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’: I Guess This Is Growing Up

What a burden, to be Taylor Swift. She captured the hearts of the country world — arguably mainstream music’s most conservative genre — at the age of 16, some kind of songwriting prodigy whose lyrical vocabulary suggested she’d grown up reading the dictionary for fun. And then, eight years later: “Sorry, I changed my mind. All those CMAs are on a dusty shelf in my parents’ house in Nashville if you wanna come pick ‘em up.” … Read More

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“Women Can Be Horrible!”: ‘Girls’ Showrunner Jenni Konner on Likability and Lena Dunham’s Real-Life Q-Tip Scene

When Jenni Konner, executive producer and co-showrunner of Girls, first heard about Tiny Furniture, she thought she’d hate it. “I was at a dinner with [New Girl creator] Liz Meriwether and she was like, ‘There’s this awesome movie you have to see. It’s by this 23-year-old girl and she’s naked half the time’… and I was like, ‘I don’t have to see that!'” Konner said. But when she finally saw the movie, through HBO executive Sue Naegle, she fell for it so hard Judd Apatow started joking she was the film’s “informal distributor.” Soon, she met Lena Dunham through their agents, and the rest is cringe-comedy history. … Read More

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How to Taylor Swiftify Your Personal Brand in 12 Steps

Next week, Taylor Swift will release 1989, her fifth album and her “first documented pop album.” Swift announced the album back in August, but she’s been setting up her grown-ass reintroduction to the public for some time now. To the outside eye, Swift has made some major changes in her life: a move to New York, new famous pals, love life on hiatus, and above all, no more country twang. She’s done it in a brilliant way, with distinct strategies that could be useful to a number of different creators. Let’s go through the 12 steps of Swiftian reinvention as it relates to one’s personal brand. … Read More

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Harry Styles Is Far From the Most Interesting Thing About Taylor Swift’s New Song “Out of the Woods”

Of all the songs on Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989 (out October 27), “Out of the Woods” is supposed to be among the rare few that shit-talk — specifically, it shit-talks an ex-boyfriend, who happens to be One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles. This will undoubtedly be the one thing people remember about “Out of the Woods” in those too-common instances when they remember only a single fact about a pop song. But it’s not what people should remember about the song, which currently sits at No. 1 on the iTunes chart just 12 hours after its release. (You can hear it here, if you don’t want to just pay the damn 99 cents for it.) … Read More

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