The Moment eNts She read her own book and was fairly good at conveyingmotion throughout Not particularly memorableYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading I m not this kind of girlI want to love Lena Dunham I m going to put aside the whole lack of inclusion of any kind of race or thnicity in her filmic work because she doesn t have any friends who fall outside the privileged upper middle class white demographic so this is what she writes about and that s sad and sort of symptomatic of a new hey i m cool with people who aren t white I just don t have any friends who aren t white racism but this is who she is and it s been discussed ndlessly and fruitlessly and depressingly and it s sort of like the The Kings Spy (Thomas Hill, eually cartoonishly white John Hughes 80 s high school movie franchise so let s just talk about this bookShe s a fantastic writer Great turns of phrases her ability to capture a moment is representative of her friend and role model Nora Ephron When she s funny and relatable she reminds me of some of my dearest wittiest pals Her memory or imagination serves her well recreating authentic detail upon detail of childhoodxperiences with a clarity mine certainly can t Her stories are often shocking and freuently depressing a lot of weird family and sex stories and a lot of simultaneous romanticization of and nostalgia for a life she s still living Expect hefty doses of TMI about both the shocking and the mundane Generally I think it s good to see her success The spotlight is so rarely on a woman and Doctor Illuminatus even rarely for her intellectual talents and not her looks So I m reading this And I ll be knee deep in anssay when she says things likeI still have a lot of guilt for screaming at Jimmy when he ate a banana I had been saving The Real Witches Kitchen especially since he died of AIDS a few weeks later The summer after sopho year of college I became convinced I too would die of AIDS I simply waited and asked myself uestions was I strongnough to be an activist What would it feel like to be the face of AIDS in the industrialised world By the The Preachers Kid end of summer I was officially living with AIDSSpoiler alert I was fineUh Why would anyone yell about a bananaven if it wasn t at someone dying a horrible slow visibly painful and tragic death Is this supposed to be funny Relatable Is that banana anecdote supposed to make me laugh and say Lena is so refreshingly honest I can t count the number of times I ve yelled at AIDS patients about bananas And then to go overboard to immediately skip hop over a real death to narcissistically view herself as the potential face of a disease as serious as AIDS were she to have it Is that supposed to be funny Relatable Deep Are we supposed to be taken aback at her honesty about human behavior and stupid sometimes impulsive ugly behavior like this and the dark places our minds go when thinking about death and the unknown Is this refreshing and new In my opinion it isn t Her writing shows a life led with some of the worst kind of privilege self centered and lonely and generally indicative of a lack of O Testamento empathy toward the suffering of others and a hyper focus on the problems of her charmed life like food diaries and long distance dating woes Expect nothing about the glory of getting to bring your own TV show to life but doxpect stories about making out with the camera man and her private liberal arts college s parties Maybe she s too cool to share the xcitement and Why do we care Actual wisdom none Humor meh Self involved girl writing about her self created problems Got to where she is via luck and privilege Girl bye For someone who has branded herself as not that kind of girl by titling her
first book Not That Kind of Girl Lena Dunham is still a very specific kind of girl with a very book Not That Kind of Girl Lena Dunham is still a very specific kind of girl with a very kind of girl fan just not that kind Lena Dunham is the kind of girl who can write a sentence that makes you guffaw That can t possibly be true and yet you believe it A sentence like this He called me terrible names when I broke up with him for a Puerto Rican named Joe with a tattoo that said mom in Comic Sans She s the kind of girl who observes reports analyzes and reanalyzes until a situation is both gravid and devoid of meaning She s the kind of girl who s self indulgent self involved yet self aware so you can t fault her for it The kind of girl with a lot of self for better or worse And therein lies her ineffable charm Lena is a self A voice to be adored hated broadcasted muted screamed over listened to raptly A voice to be heard It s refreshing to hear someone so young believe and argue that she has something to say This confidence in self has argue that she has something to say This confidence in self has to hordes of fans other girls full of various selves they want to share but don t xactly know where or how or One Con Glory even if they can because it might be scaryI just wish Lena had taken this platform that she has built and decorated and adorned with Emmys and haters galore by age 28 and said something relevant It s a haphazardly constructed book assembled like a 3rd grader doing papier m ch for the first time ideas glued together but no idea uite fullnough to stand alone no idea uite properly connected to the one attached to it People who have big bursting selves that they are Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows eager to share with a world that is not ready to receive them freuently become bloated on their own raucous tales When I meet people I say barely anything about myself and pepper my partner with uestions I am a listener and I m completely content living my life this way But sometimes you meet people who take advantage of your proclivity for listening Lena Ixpect is one such person Sure I agreed to read her book which means I willingly consented
listening to the mundanities brilliances of Lena Dunham for at least two hundred pages But it was too much at times I don t want to hear about that one time at summer camp when you were 14 years old unless you were my 14 year old cabin bunkmate during my 14 year old summer at Camp Birch Trails and we re reminiscing And maybe not The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) even then Midway through the book tempted to skip anotherssay rehashing the same old topics that I stopped caring about one hundred pages ago I asked myself are there stories that don t need to be told As a lover of storytelling my knee jerk response is to say no loudly and declaratively But I m reconsidering Not Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, every story has some latent meaning awaiting discovery and retrospective analysis decades later Notvery story deserves to be shouted from rooftops or graven on paper Some stories are just things that happen To us they re important We should keep them love them learn from them And then we should pack them in boxes in the backs of our minds mature and aware that there are simply some parts of our selves that we don t need to shar. At protect glasses in hotel bathrooms necessary but infinitely disposable” Exuberant moving and keenly observed Not That Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up “I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you” Dunham writes “But if I can take what I’ve learned and make one menial job A Fairly Honourable Defeat easier for you or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act thenvery misstep of mine will have been worthwhile?. Go find the brattiest most privileged self involved neurotic girlfriend you have you know the one you keep around because very once and a while she s ntertaining and because her parents have a great mountain house or drug supply or whatever it is that tickles your fancy and ask her to talk about her childhood After 15 minutes you re bored and yet a little fascinated that someone with so many advantages and Yeesh Snooze Snooooooooze Things I like better than this book 1 The critically acclaimed TV show Girls2 Interviews with Lena Dunham3 The illegally released proposal for this book4 The cover of this book5 Toledo The typeface There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told Really cause I think that there s nothing narcissistic when you are under 30 and are best known for being naked a lot Seriously unless you are Anne Frank you have no business writing about what you ve learned sorry but I d rather have the perspective of someone who has lived a few decades I m a woman and I m tired of hearing about the female struggle Sorry were you sold into human trafficking Were you homeless or orphaned or abused No you came from money and wouldn t know suffering if it bitch slapped you in the face Yes Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue everyone has down days and their own tough times but guess what that s part of life it doesn t make you special You weaken the sex when you talk about us being victims I m not a victim and neither were you Get some perspective This book reminded me of that scene in an action movie when an older man performs a stunt and then he mutters to himself I m getting too old for this shtI am indeed too old to have any patience for this kind of shtty self indulgent writingI had wanted to like this book I like the idea of having a voice like Lena Dunham in the world telling a different story of womanhood And I thought the introduction to this book was good It had this uoteThere is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be toldspecially if that person is a woman As hard as we have worked and as far as we have come there are still so many forces conspiring to tell women that our concerns are petty our opinions aren t needed that we lack the gravitas necessary for our stories to matter That personal writing by women is no than an The Man Without a Face exercise in vanity and that we should appreciate this new world for women sit down and shut upI agree with that sentiment however I don t need to read drivel about a sillymail you wrote to a boy or about weird boyfriends or all the times you shared a bed with a guy but didn t have sex or your burgeoning interest in xhibitionism or ntries from your food journal blah blah blahAfter a strong introduction this book uickly became painful to read and I had to skim to get through it It s a hodgepodge of Gone (Gone, essays that are fine for a blog but it doesn t make for a compelling read in print I cannot recommend this So the good news is Lena Dunham is wrong She s not the voice of a generation as her thinly disguised version of herself on her TV show once stated Nope she s just the voice of over indulged narcissists who have been so praised forvery shit they ve Threads Of The Shroud ever taken in life that they no longer smell the stink Someone needs to let her know that acting like an annoying precocious child when you re in your late twenties isn t adorable funny or impressive It s too bad because Dunham has flickers of insightful moments on these pages There are some smart observations such as when in a chapter about losing her virginity she notes how permanent virginity feels and then how inconseuential There are some funny moments too like when she writes He had a lot of time to cook his jobditing the newsletter for a nonprofit that promoted the global language of Esperanto was flexible Funny right And self aware All Seated on the Ground enough to partially trick me into thinking she s in on the jokeBut to contrive this book ofssays some free form because this girl doesn t abide by RULES as things she s learned makes me cringe There s nothing remarkable about what she writes neither in the content nor in how she tells it It s like a never Untitled. ending blog post by someone who can t utter a sentence without the word me or I in it In closing I m going to recount the unintentionally funniest scene from the book After reading anarly version of this Wiring essay about death and dying my friend Matt asked me Why are you in such a rush to die I was shocked by the uestionven a little pissed This wasn t about me This was about the universal plightOH THE IRONYLenaTo Listening To The Mundanities
Lena Lenayour problems are simply not that interesting important or uniue PSLenayour problems are simply not that interesting important or uniue PS m not getting into the whole privilege debate You can t help who your parents are and besides forget privilege my personal opinion that Against All Odds everyone on Earth has been waiting for is this chick s upbringing was like a socialxperiment gone wrong Regardless when your parents have friends in high places you should make sure you re worthy of the favor they re pulling Otherwise it s just Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage extended nepotism If you read the comments on negative reviews here on Goodreads these are some recurring themes you ll run into You didn t read this wholentire book so you re not allowed to rate or review itSome reviewers are obviously just looking for an The DOS excuse to trash booksIf you don t like a book why go on and on about it Put it down and get on with your life already Think about the things you could have done in time you spent writing this reviewClearly you re just a very negative personI loved it Clearly we didn t read the same bookWhy did you read a book you don tven likeThe fact that the last uestion on that list directly *contradicts the first is a clue to what s going on hereWhat s * the first is a clue to what s going on hereWhat s on here is that some readers are treating books they love like sacred textsA friend of mine once got in touch with another friend he hadn t seen in a while She was now devoutly religious and urged him to convert to her faith She was happier than she d Against All Odds ever been she said and she wanted him to be happy too She gave him a copy of what was now her holy book Please read this she said Then you ll understandHe read it He still didn t want to convert to her religionWhy not she askedHe attempted tongage her in conversation to discuss issues the book in uestion had brought up for him He wanted to hear her opinions to see how she would answer his uestions She was confused and dismayedThat s not how you re supposed to read it she said You re not supposed to pick it apart like that You re supposed to read it with your heartIt doesn t matter which holy book I m talking about Everyone who s read any of the livelier comment sections of any of the negative reviews on Goodreads knows In Not That Kind of Girl Dunham illuminates the Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world falling in love feeling alone being ten pounds overweight despiteating only health food having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age finding true love and most of all having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told “Take My Virginity No Really Take It” is the account of Dunham’s first time and how her Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils expectations of sex didn’t uite live up to the actualvent “No floodgate had been opened no vault of true womanhood. .
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Hat in terms of the attitude I just described I could be talking about Jane Austen or Jane Eyre or the latest YA bestseller People who love these works are sometimes not content with loving the books they love They have to convert the heretics who are refusing to bow to the greatness that stands before themI read this book because I saw people being trashed for disliking it solely because of some understandably infamous passages uotes that got around so widely that Payment Due even people who can t remember Lena Dunham s name know some things she claims to have done to her younger sisterYou re taking those uotes out of context commenters insisted You can t judge this book unless you ve read itThe short answer Fine I read the book I saw some very good writing I also saw some very repulsive writing And those infamous uotes are to mevery bit as creepy in context as out of itThe longer important answer You didn t really mean that you thought the reviewers in uestion should at least read this book before commenting on it You meant that you wanted them to read this book Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, experience a Saul on the road to Damascus blinded by the light conversion fall off their high horses and sing Lena Dunham s praises inxactly the same key you doI watched some clips from Girls I m planning to see Dunham s film Tiny Furniture because it looks wonderfully bizarre I understand that Lena Dunham is an Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, extremely talented writer actor producer and directorI still don t like this book and yes those uotes are still way creepyThose dots stand for the time it took me to get up and check how many separate copies of Pride and Prejudice I currently own I counted 7 I may not have caught them allThat s too manyven for someone who s researching Regency England with an The Rich and the Profane (Lovejoy, eye to setting a novel there which I amI have anntire set of shelves dedicated to books by and about Austen Not a shelf an Turbulence entire bookcaseClearly it s time to call the authorities if you can figure out which authorities deal with this sort of madnessI have friends who don tnjoy Austen I have a friend here on GR who specifically dislikes Austen and she s a former English major who s now a university professor Of English literatureI love her comments and reviews and I love her that much for having that spot of inexplicabilityHere are three things I think are true1 If a book is still in print decades or Tropical Bioproductivity even centuries after it was published you don t have to like it But you should try to understand why it s still around What does it have to offer and to whom Why is this particular title still in print when the vast majority of booksver published die swift and silent deaths What made this one different If you can figure this out and still not like the book you ll have learned something valuable about reading writing readers and writers2 If you write something and you ask someone to please read it and tell you what they think you shouldn t necessarily make all the changes they suggest Maybe you shouldn t make any of those changes But you should ask them why they want you to make the changes in uestion and you should listen very carefully to their answers You should understand completely why they re saying what they re saying And then you should seriously consider their suggestions Even if you Elizabeth Ann Seton end up throwingach one of those suggestions out the window you ll have learned something valuable about reading writing readers and writers3 If you can t understand ven a little bit why people like some things you hate and hate some things you like you should take a vow of silence and that includes Internet silence until you figure
how to live in world full of people whose opinions are different from yoursThere is some good ven brilliant writing in this book I can understand why this book is not merely infamous but loved and admiredI don t like this book at all and I sympathize with Folk Tales From the Soviet Union every person who read the passages about Dunham s sister Grace and said OH HELL NOThose people have a perfectly valid point and provided they re clear and upfront about how much of this book they read and why it skeeved them out they re asntitled to post a rating and a review as anyone Ulysses and the Trojan War else isForveryone who wondered why I tortured myself reading this book I ve had a lot of these ideas on my mind for some time now and this particular review seemed like the ideal time to put them togetherFor veryone who thinks this doesn t count as a real review deal with it Not That Kind of Girl like Not My Kind of BookHonestly the only thought that continuously ran through my head throughout this novel OH THANK GAWD I did not buy this one LibraryLoveThe cringe factor on this book was almost too much to bear I normally listen to audiobooks out loud but I found myself constantly turning down the volume because the content was so sex heavy that it was honestlyOut How To Live In
embarrassing There s her sexual xploits as she blossoms from a girl who wants sex to aThere s her sexual The Collector's Encyclopedia of Antique Marbles exploits as she blossoms from a girl who wants sex to a who has sex with guys that demean her and finally to a girl who has sex when and how she wants Hurrah And I couldn t have been the only one who wasxtremely weirded out by the sister molestation scenes Before you turn away this happened when both Dunham and her little sister were younger Essentially Dunham offered her kid sister candy if she could kiss her lips for five seconds Another anecdote was about how Dunham would curiously spread her sister s legs open to peer at what lay between She found pebbles The Taught to Obey exploration bit happened when Dunham was 7 and her sister was 1 Now after a cursory google search that may be age appropriate curiosity but why would that be in her memoirThere s no way she could ve imagined people reacting positively to that and toxpose that bit of family history to the Learning to Dance in the Rain entire world It felt like an attention grabThe other part bribing for a kiss occurred when they were both older I believe Lena was around preteen age and fully capable of knowing that that isn t right then I got to the scene where she went to town on herself while sharing the bed with her younger sister I physically cringed away from my phone while muting the audiobookThen there s a fewssays about how Dunham was raped She mentions how she s an unreliable narrator and then proceeds to give different versions of her own story One where the guy forgot the condom one where she was forced to have sex tc Essentially she didn t realize she was raped until years later because of all the lies and stories she told herself to convince herself that it was consensual Her flippant tone from the audiobook took away any sense of seriousness and her constant backtracking threw me off on what to believeThank goodness I did not purchase this one I could not imagine a book I would want less on my shelves Audiobook Comme. Unlocked”; “Girls Jerks” xplores her former attraction to less than nice guys guys who had perfected the “dynamic of disrespect” she found so intriguing; “Is This Even Real” is a meditation on her lifelong obsession with death and dying what she calls her “genetically predestined morbidity” And in “I Didn’t F Them but They Yelled at Me” she imagines the tell all she will write when she is Man of Her Dreams (The Enforcers, eighty and past caring able to reflect honestly on the sexism and condescension she hasncountered in Hollywood where women are “treated like the paper thingies th.