10 Things I Learned From Lena Dunham

I’ve been listening to (thank you, audible.com) Lena Dunham’s new book, “Not That Kind of Girl” primarily for her colorful candor, but also for her cadence—girl can tell a story.

Not that kind of girl_Joana Avillez

Illustration in book by Joana Avillez.

One thing I kind of hate about audiobooks, though, is the lack of structure you get. Usually, it’s OK because the only structure is chapters and occasionally sections, too. But, Lena—ever the rule breaker—mixes up the normal book structure. She has sections relating to topics (love life, dieting, etc.) and in those sections she has multiple essays (?) and  occasionally after one she’ll throw in a completely random list (I know, we are in the age of the Buzzfeed-style list), typically named something like “10 things I learned from my mother/father” or “10 reasons I love New York.” Well, I’m taking a page out of your book (quite literally) to so a list of what I learned from what Lena has learned.

  1. Children of artists are the worst by far—in all things entitlement, expression and whininess. BUT they grow up and make hit TV shows, apparently.
  2. Lena Dunham’s mother invented the selfie—but more importantly, the nude selfie.
  3. “It’s not brave to do something that doesn’t scare you.”
  4. Adam Driver has an unfortunate problem with acne on his bottom and it’s hidden with “massive amounts of concealer.”
  5. Graduating from college without a job makes you artistic and refreshing—OK, though, seriously I needed that—and Lena did that while also gaining a lot of weight.
  6. “There’s a certain grace to having your heart broken.”
  7. It doesn’t take much to be harassed in New York (Amen!): “If you have a vagina, by birth or by choice, you will be called ‘mami’ or ‘sweetie’ or ‘Britney Spears.’”
  8. How to eat like Lena Dunham, according to a 10-page excerpt from her food diary.
  9. How to teach a child about body issues (well technically that’s from Lena’s mom): “Barbie’s disfigured. it’s OK to play with her just as long as you keep that in mind.”
  10. We have EXTREMELY similar (OK, identical) feelings toward sleep: “Throughout the day I often ask myself, Could I fall asleep right now? and the answer is always a resounding yes.”

It’s a solid read, with incalculable moments of honest, hilarity and sincerity—ones I can’t have enough of.


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