Lena Dunham

5 Storylines ‘Girls’ Season 3 Never Resolved

Girls has taken us on quite a journey over the past three years, from Season 1 (“The Season That Launched a Thousand Think Pieces”), to a dark and confusing Season 2 (“You’ll Never Want to Use Q-Tips Again”), to, finally, a refreshingly enjoyable Season 3 (“They Might All Be Kind of Starting to Grow Up”). But while the stories have become more interesting and some of Hannah’s outfits have improved, the Flavorwire staff has noticed a disturbing trend: often, Lena Dunham and Co. will plant a particular plot seed, then refuse to water it or even hint at its existence ever again. … Read More

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‘Girls’ Season 3 Finale Recap: “Two Plane Rides”

Acceptance letters’ great virtue is making life seem uncomplicated. Just for a second, getting into one’s top choice college or law school or, in Hannah’s case, MFA program feels like the solution to all of one’s problems. The piece of paper Hannah delicately tapes together is her own personal Golden Ticket, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop is her chocolate factory. “I got in” is a rare rush of pure validation, a reassurance that all of Hannah’s temper tantrums in the name of creative freedom were worth it and that her dreams of being a capital-W Writer aren’t all hot air. It’s no wonder that our final glimpse of Hannah for the next year or so is her clutching that letter for dear life. The rest of her life is far less reassuring and far more messy. … Read More

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‘Girls’ Season 3 Episode 11 Recap: “I Saw You”

Demanding what one needs in a relationship is a tricky business. Is Adam allowed to ask for space, if that’s what he needs? Sure. But is Hannah obligated to suppress how upset that request makes her, or the anxieties it provokes for her about the state of Hannah-and-Adam? Is Adam allowed to say that he needs Hannah not just to let him move out—he needs her to embrace it? Make no mistake: Hannah pulls some grade-A shenanigans this episode that are 100% her fault. The source of that desire to act out, though, is her boyfriend, who’s snapped out of the knight-in-shining-armor phase he entered during last season’s finale and reverted back to the not-so-lovable asshole we knew back in Girls‘s early days. … Read More

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Lena Dunham’s High-School Abortion Play and Other Highlights From Her SXSW 2014 Keynote

AUSTIN, TX: It would be safe, even an understatement, to say that Lena Dunham and the SXSW Film Festival have some history. Her first film, Creative Nonfiction, played here in 2009 (an earlier version was rejected the previous year), and that first trip to Austin — a place which, to her, “represents magic, hope, beginnings, adulthood, freedom, triumph, and tacos” — was “the greatest week of my life. I ate tacos, I drank milkshakes, I swam in Barton Springs, I drank a beer at a backyard rock show and talked to cute guys who never would have given me the time of day in New York, because everything is bigger in Texas.” … Read More

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‘Girls’ Season 3 Episode 10 Recap: “Role-Play”

Who knew Adam was so in touch with his emotions? For someone who opts to communicate mostly in grunts these days, it turns out he’s actually given some thought to his creepy sexual idiosyncrasies and why they vanished out of thin air this season. The problem is that he’s never opted to share much of this introspection with his girlfriend (that is, not that we’ve seen), and by the time she forces it out of him, it’s too late. Hannah’s relationship finally implodes in “Role-Play,” but for once, it’s not entirely her fault. She’s just making a last-ditch effort to save her and Adam in the only way Hannah knows how: going completely over-the-top. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Lena Dunham

One of the most talked-about women on television joins SNL this week. Lena Dunham’s enthusiasm and ingenuity are just what we need to lift us out of the dourness of last week’s catastrophe. Recently, SNL came up against its own controversy concerning the show’s lack of diversity, but will the writers re-enter the ring to comment on the storm of body-shaming and millennial feminist hatred that Dunham continues to face? Will this episode wind up being shades of her Girls character, Hannah Horvath, and nothing more? Find out, below. … Read More

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Do Artists Owe Critics? Philip Roth, Lena Dunham, and Adelle Waldman’s Wrestling With “-Isms”

In the year 2014, being a Great Writer has to be pretty cushy. Your name is constantly bandied about when the Swedes decide to convene for the Nobel Prize, you don’t need to have a presence on Twitter in order to cultivate fans because you are essentially too cool/established/whatever for it, you could be on the cover of Time just because, and your obituary, whenever that comes, will likely garner a lot of words and space in the New York Times. … Read More

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