Set the DVR – Lena is set to be a guest on the Ellen Show Tomorrow!
The Girls creator and star said at the New York Film Festival that she is adapting the 1994 book that’s set in late-13th century England. Karen Cushman’s YA novel centers on a 12-year-old girl who tries to shoo potential suitors after her father deems her ready for the altar. Lena Dunham, who said Friday that she has been “obsessed” with the book since childhood, will develop the pic with Girls executive producer Jenni Konner through their production company A Casual Romance.
LD: Firstly, that’s such a nice compliment from Jill! I love her work and she seems like she’s always been bravely working on shows like Six Feet Under that really pioneered for me the ability to talk through characters who weren’t necessarily behaving perfectly or sympathetically, but who I still cared about. That being said, no, I am the worst pretender in the world. If I’m having an issue with someone, I can’t even wait 45 minutes until we can get to a private place to talk to someone.
I think half of my life has been trying to turn my inability to fake it, and my inability to separate myself from whatever emotion I’m feeling at the time into a viable way of life. I was once having a fight with my boyfriend, a typical couple fight, and we were at Mother’s Day with his mom and his grandmother. And I was like, “We need to go outside and talk about this right now.” And he was like, “Lena, we are going to be 30 years old. You need to be able to stand in Mother’s Day for half an hour and know we’re going to talk about it in the car.” And I was like, “I can’t! I can’t stand here faking it.” I have none of those skills. Can you pretend?
In your new book you write a lot about your friends and family, but the most vicious stuff is aimed at ex-boyfriends. Do you have any death warrants out for you? Do you wear a wig at the grocery store to avoid these vengeful men? Do you even care how your family feels?
Absolutely I do. I’m not interested in exploitative writing. I’m interested in personal writing, and I think the adage that you’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelette is totally false. I think it’s possible to write your truth in a way that’s thoughtful and considerate. So I always show my friends my essays if they’re referenced in them. With the exception of a few ex-boyfriends who I do not think it would be safe for me to make contact with.
Lena Dunham, chief correspondent for dispatches on the state of Lena Dunham, spoke to NPR’s Terry Gross about her upcoming memoir and her handle on the spigot of shared information. In particular, she criticizes a belittling, ambiguous trio of letters, which threaten her very livelihood: TMI.
The term “oversharing” is so complicated because I do think that it’s really gendered. I think when men share their experiences, it’s bravery and when women share their experiences, it’s some sort of — people are like, “TMI.” Too much information has always been my least favorite phrase because what exactly constitutes too much information? It seems like it has a lot to do with who is giving you the information, and I feel as though there’s some sense that society trivializes female experiences. And so when you share them, they aren’t considered as vital as their male counterparts’ [experiences] and that’s something that I’ve always roundly rejected.
Speaking aloud an acronym for such a short phrase is also aggravating, on a much shallower level of verbal annoyances. People who say TMI are the worst, aren’t they?
Lena Dunham: Not That Kind of Girl
Barnes & Noble Union Square, New York
Tuesday September 30, 2014
If you can get past her legions of teen-girl fans, Lena Dunham will be reading from her new memoir and conversing with comedian Amy Schumer. Wristbands will be distributed at 10 A.M. and doors open at five P.M. For literary-star-studded events (Zadie Smith! Miranda July! Mary Karr!) in Boston, Chicago, Iowa City, and more, see the lineup here.