Lena Dunham Not So Sure About Hillary Clinton

J.K. Trotter · 01/20/16 09:59AM

Actress, memoirist, and newsletter publisher Lena Dunham is one of Hillary Clinton’s most prominent campaign surrogates. Their relationship has worked out well so far: Clinton benefits from the attention of Dunham’s Millennial fans, while Dunham, who made her name in comedy, gets to align herself (and her brand) with the one of the world’s most powerful politicians. According to Amy Chozick of The New York Times, however, Dunham initially expressed some misgivings about her future alignment with the Clinton clan, apparently before she began showing up at Hillary Clinton’s campaign rallies:

Brendan O'Connor · 07/26/15 12:25PM

On Friday afternoon, Lena Dunham tweeted, “If you say ‘Unfollow’ after I post about Sandra Bland or gun control, I didn’t want you here in the first place.” This is still the only mention of Sandra Bland on Lena Dunham’s Twitter account, but keep fighting the good fight, Lena.

Who Is Lena Dunham’s Alleged Rapist?

J.K. Trotter · 12/30/14 04:45PM

Since its publication this fall, Lena Dunham’s bestselling essay collection, Not That Kind of Girl, has inspired her fans and offered a different kind of inspiration to her foes. The right-wing press, in particular, has taken Dunham’s discursive set of autobiographical writings as a tip sheet to potential scandals and crimes involving the author—who is, as a paragon of metropolitan lefty pop culture, clearly a degenerate.

Therapist: Lena Dunham's Stories Don't Sound Like Sibling Sex Abuse

Rich Juzwiak · 11/04/14 10:15AM

All weekend and yesterday, the internet was arguing over whether it was fair or sane for Truth Revolt to have interpreted behavior described in Lena Dunham's memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, as the author's sexual abuse of her younger sister. Dunham responded, her sister Grace responded, writers responded (and responded to criticism for not responding to the passages of the books in question). Dunham canceled promo appearances in Europe (we hear, though, that her rep attributes this to "health issues") and, according to Truth Revolt, sent the site a cease and desist, threatening to sue if the quotations from her book weren't removed from the site.

Taylor Swift and Her BFF's BF Release Song Probably About Harry Styles

Jordan Sargent · 10/13/14 11:50PM

Lena Dunham's best friend released her new song tonight—co-written with Dunham's boyfriend The Other Guy From That Band—and, for anyone out there who has drawn a sprawling map of Taylor Swift's relationships on their bedroom walls, it's the one everyone thinks is written about Harry Styles.

Ross Douthat Admires Lena Dunham for Being Such a Pathetic Harlot

Tom Scocca · 10/06/14 11:43AM

What do people enjoy about Lena Dunham and her television program Girls? Is it Dunham's wry sensibility? Is it the way it offers another of popular culture's periodic windows on Contemporary Youth, under certain conditions of class and geography?

Lena Dunham Does Not Pay

Hamilton Nolan · 09/29/14 08:51AM

This week, rich and famous human Lena Dunham will begin her 12-city book tour. Several dates will feature regular people performing. They will not be paid. Let's do the math on that. (Updated below.)

University of Iowa to Girls: Go Away

Hamilton Nolan · 03/28/14 08:49AM

HBO's Girls, a show in which the children of famous people play the children of non-famous people, ended its season this week with the lead character being accepted into the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop. The University of Iowa has responded with: Do not come here.

Lena Dunham Gets Naked, Scraps with Men's Rights Activist on SNL

Dayna Evans · 03/09/14 09:05AM

Everyone's favorite GIRL Lena Dunham was on comedy variety program SNL last night as a first-time host. She wasn't bad, though her opening monologue and two separate sketches referenced her show's gratuitous nudity and the sound of her voice was just a smidge grating. Nothing out of the usual.