- One of the chapters from Lena Dunham’s book, which sold to Random House over the weekend for more than $3.5 million.
(Source: The New York Times)
Q. This is not only your first season of “Girls,” but your first television series, period. How do you feel about the reaction that the show has gotten and the commendations that it’s already drawn?
It is other women, not men, Dunham and Heti seem to be saying, who most impact the evolution of girls into women. Other women, not men, who provide the opportunities for self-expression and self-discovery. Other women, not men, who bear witness to the triumphs and tragedies of young womanhood. Other women, not men, in whom we both find and lose ourselves.
“We love the show for inspiring people to move to New York City and become the ‘voice of a generation,’ as Hannah would say,” Mayor Bloomberg said, quoting Dunham’s character, Hannah Horvath, a 23-year-old aspiring memoirist who believes her struggles are emblematic of her peers.
The mayor — who had a cameo in the “Sex and the City” movie that ended up on the cutting-room floor — has his SAG card ready if Dunham can work him into a script.
“They need only whistle and we’d show,” said Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, adding that “Girls” fever has swept City Hall.
“We’re obsessed,” Wolfson said. “It’s the big water-cooler topic of conversation Monday morning in the bullpen.”
For the high-level City Hall staffers who share their work space with Hizzoner, the week starts off with a “vigorous debate and discussion about the show,” Wolfson explained.
“I seriously consider television to be the people’s medium. Like the idea of seeing your parents naked or having somebody go down on you and worrying about whether you smell or worrying about whether your body is weird or what goes across the face of a person who’s supposed to be experiencing pleasure but isn’t — those are things I’d love to normalize on TV.”
Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke and Alison Williams film ‘Girls’ in Soho.
“The worst stuff that you say sounds better than the best stuff that some other people say.”
- Adopting this as my new mantra, bye.
This week’s episode of Girls was terrific and funny, and dealt with the issues of abortion and sexual health in a way that I have never really seen on television before. There was a lot of vitriol aimed towards this show over the last seven days and while some of the criticisms weren’t misdirected, I don’t think that the quality of the show can be disputed after “Vagina Panic”.
If you haven’t yet watched Girls or weren’t impressed by last week’s episode, I implore you to watch the second episode, which probably ranks among the best episodes of television I have seen in the past year. That’s all.