Not That Kind of Girl Book
Score: 3
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Not That Kind of Girl


  • Author : Lena Dunham
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release Date : 2014-09-30
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385680684

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Not That Kind of Girl Excerpt :

From the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO’s Girls comes a hilarious, wise, and fiercely candid collection of personal essays that establishes Lena Dunham as one of the most original young talents writing today. In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating 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 expectations of sex didn’t quite live up to the actual event (“No floodgate had been opened, no vault of true womanhood unlocked”); “Girls & Jerks” explores 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 called her “genetically predestined morbidity.” And in “I Didn’t Fuck Them, but They Yelled at Me,” she imagines the tell-all she will write when she is eighty and past caring, able to reflect honestly on the sexism and condescension she has encountered in Hollywood, where women are “treated like the paper thingies that 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 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, then every misstep of mine wil

Reading Lena Dunham   s Girls Book

Reading Lena Dunham s Girls


  • Author : Meredith Nash
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2017-06-23
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 255
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319529714

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Reading Lena Dunham s Girls Excerpt :

In this book, leading and emerging scholars consider the mixed critical responses to Lena Dunham’s TV series Girls and reflect on its significance to contemporary debates about postfeminist popular cultures in a post-recession context. The series features both familiar and innovative depictions of young women and men in contemporary America that invite comparisons with Sex and the City. It aims for a refreshed, authentic expression of postfeminist femininity that eschews the glamour and aspirational fantasies spawned by its predecessor. This volume reviews the contemporary scholarship on Girls, from its representation of post-millennial gender politics to depictions of the messiness and imperfections of sex, embodiment, and social interactions. Topics covered include Dunham’s privileged role as author/auteur/actor, sexuality, body consciousness, millennial gender identities, the politics of representation, neoliberalism, and post-recession society. This book provides diverse and provocative critical responses to the show and to wider social and media contexts, and contributes to a new generation of feminist scholarship with a powerful concluding reflection from Rosalind Gill. It will appeal to those interested in feminist theory, identity politics, popular culture, and media.

A Year Without a Name Book
Score: 3
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A Year Without a Name


  • Author : Cyrus Dunham
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2019-10-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316444958

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A Lambda Literary Award Finalist: from "an extraordinary new voice," a "passionate and clear-eyed and unputdownable" meditation on queerness, family, and desire (Mary Karr). For as long as they can remember, Cyrus Grace Dunham felt like a visitor in their own body. Their life was a series of imitations—lovable little girl, daughter, sister, young gay woman—until their profound sense of alienation became intolerable. Moving between Grace and Cyrus, Dunham brings us inside the chrysalis of gender transition, asking us to bear witness to an uncertain and exhilarating process that troubles our most basic assumptions about who we are and how we are constituted. Written with disarming emotional intensity in a voice uniquely theirs, A Year Without a Name is a potent, thrillingly unresolved queer coming of age story. Named one of Fall 2019's Most Anticipated Books by: Time NYLON Vogue ELLE Buzzfeed Bustle O Magazine Harper's Bazaar

Best And Always Book

Best And Always


  • Author : Lena Dunham
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2023-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN 10 : 9781460710630

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Lena Dunham, creator of the critically acclaimed HBO series Girls, and author of the internationally bestseller Not That Kind of Girl, returns with a dazzling collection of short stories. 'I shrug, a shrug that simultaneously says You know nothing and Please rescue me.' Lena Dunham follows up her bestselling memoir Not That Kind of Girl with Best & Always, a dazzling collection of clear-eyed, observant, rueful, witty and heartbreaking stories. Praise for Not That Kind of Girl: 'The gifted Ms. Dunham not only writes with observant precision, but also brings a measure of perspective, nostalgia and an older person's sort of wisdom to her portrait of her (not all that much) younger self and her world. . . . As acute and heartfelt as it is funny.' Michiko Kakutani The New York Times 'It's not Lena Dunham's candor that makes me gasp. Rather, it's her writing, which is full of surprises where you least expect them. A fine, subversive book.' David Sedaris 'Witty, illuminating, maddening, bracingly bleak . . . [Dunham] is a genuine artist, and a disturber of the order.' The Atlantic

Problematic Book

Problematic


  • Author : Dianna E. Anderson
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Release Date : 2018-09
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9781640120914

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From Beyoncé's Lemonade to The Force Awakens to the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, the entertainment industry seems to be embracing the power of women like never before. But with more feminist content comes more feminist criticism--and it feels as if there's always something to complain about. Dianna E. Anderson's incisive Problematic takes on the stereotype of the perpetually dissatisfied feminist. Too often feminist criticism has come to mean seeing only the bad elements of women-centric pop culture and never the good. Anderson suggests that our insistence on feminist ideological purity leads to shallow criticism and ultimately hurts the movement. Instead, she proposes new, more nuanced forms of feminist thought for today's culture, illustrated by examples from across the spectrum of popular music, movies, and TV, including Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj, and even One Direction. While grounding her inquiry in pop culture media and topics, Anderson draws on concepts of feminist theory to show how we can push for continued cultural change while still acknowledging the important feminist work being done in the pop culture sphere today.

From Shtetl to Stardom Book

From Shtetl to Stardom


  • Author : Michael Renov
  • Publisher : Purdue University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-12-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781612494791

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The outsized influence of Jews in American entertainment from the early days of Hollywood to the present has proved an endlessly fascinating and controversial topic, for Jews and non-Jews alike. From Shtetl to Stardom: Jews and Hollywood takes an exciting and innovative approach to this rich and complex material. Exploring the subject from a scholarly perspective as well as up close and personal, the book combines historical and theoretical analysis by leading academics in the field with inside information from prominent entertainment professionals. Essays range from Vincent Brook's survey of the stubbornly persistent canard of Jewish industry "control" to Lawrence Baron and Joel Rosenberg's panel presentations on the recent brouhaha over Ben Urwand's book alleging collaboration between Hollywood and Hitler. Case studies by Howard Rodman and Joshua Louis Moss examine a key Coen brothers film, A Serious Man (Rodman), and Jill Soloway's groundbreaking television series, Transparent (Moss). Jeffrey Shandler and Shaina Hamermann train their respective lenses on popular satirical comedians of yesteryear (Allan Sherman) and those currently all the rage (Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, and Sarah Silverman). David Isaacs relates his years of agony and hilarity in the television comedy writers' room, and interviews include in-depth discussions by Ross Melnick with Laemmle Theatres owner Greg Laemmle (relative of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle) and by Michael Renov with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. In all, From Shtetl to Stardom offers a uniquely multifaceted, multimediated, and up-to-the-minute account of the remarkable role Jews have played over the centuries and ongoing in American popular culture.

 Nothing Is Worth More Than This Day   Book

Nothing Is Worth More Than This Day


  • Author : Kathryn Petras
  • Publisher : Workman Publishing Company
  • Release Date : 2016-04-05
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 396
  • ISBN 10 : 9780761189114

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Nothing Is Worth More Than This Day Excerpt :

A book of inspirational quotations, Nothing Is Worth More Than This Day presents hundreds of reminders from some of the smartest people who ever lived—from Dr. Seuss to Erma Bombeck, Thich Nhat Hanh to Lena Dunham—that happiness is everywhere and the glass is half-full. It’s the perfect gift of optimism, for good times and not-so-good times.

HBO s Girls and the Awkward Politics of Gender  Race  and Privilege Book

HBO s Girls and the Awkward Politics of Gender Race and Privilege


  • Author : Elwood Watson
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release Date : 2015-08-27
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 211
  • ISBN 10 : 9781498512626

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HBO’s Girls and the Awkward Politics of Gender, Race, and Privilege is a collection of essays that examines the HBO program Girls. Since its premiere in 2012, the series has garnered the attention of individuals from various walks of life. The show has been described in many terms: insightful, out-of-touch, brash, sexist, racist, perverse, complex, edgy, daring, provocative—just to name a few. Overall, there is no doubt that Girls has firmly etched itself in the fabric of early twenty-first-century popular culture. The essays in this book examine the show from various angles including: white privilege; body image; gender; culture; race; sexuality; parental and generational attitudes; third wave feminism; male emasculation and immaturity; hipster, indie, and urban music as it relates to Generation Y and Generation X. By examining these perspectives, this book uncovers many of the most pressing issues that have surfaced in the show, while considering the broader societal implications therein.

Feminisms Book

Feminisms


  • Author : Laura Mulvey
  • Publisher : Key Debates - Mutations and Appropriations in European Film Studies
  • Release Date : 2015
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 275
  • ISBN 10 : 9089646760

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Feminisms Excerpt :

This collection demonstrates the diverse legacy of feminist film studies. From female agencies in television series to digitized heroines in film to the aging female star, Feminisms combines compelling analyses of contemporary images of women and their narratives with reflections and interviews on the developments and differentiation in the history, theory, and practice of women and film and in the larger field of media studies.

Masculinity in Contemporary Quality Television Book

Masculinity in Contemporary Quality Television


  • Author : Michael Mario Albrecht
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-03-03
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317099826

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Masculinity in Contemporary Quality Television Excerpt :

Recent years have seen a rise in the popularity and quantity of ’quality’ television programs, many of which featuring complicated versions of masculinity that are informed not only by the women’s movement of the sixties and seventies, but also by several decades of backlash and debate about the effects of women’s equality on men, masculinity, and the relationship between men and women. Drawing upon studies of contemporary television programs, including popular series viewed internationally such as Mad Men, The League, Hung, Breaking Bad, Louie, and Girls, this book explores the ways in which popular cultural texts address widely circulating discourses of the ostensible ’crisis of masculinity’ in contemporary culture. A rich study of masculinity and its representation in contemporary television, Masculinity in Contemporary Quality Television will appeal to scholars and students of cultural and media studies, popular culture, television studies and cultural sociology with interests in gender, masculinities, and sexuality.

How to Weep in Public Book
Score: 5
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How to Weep in Public


  • Author : Jacqueline Novak
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2016-03-01
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804139717

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How to Weep in Public Excerpt :

In her darkly funny memoir and guide to the depressed life, comedian Jacqueline Novak doesn’t offer help overcoming depression—just much-needed comfort, company, and tips for life inside the fog. “Jacqueline Novak’s unapologetic and original comedy is the kind that gives me hope in this business.”—Amy Schumer With advice that ranges from practical (Chapter 17: Do Your Crying on a Cat) to philosophical (Chapter 21: Make Peace With Sunshine), this laugh-out-loud memoir traces the depression thread from Novak's average suburban childhood to her current adult New York City existence, an imperfect but healthy-ish life in which Novak is mostly upright but still rarely does laundry. At heart, How to Weep in Public provides a no-pressure, safe-zone for the reader to curl up inside. Keep this book on the shelf to be returned to it as needed–after all, depression is recurring. Jacqueline will be waiting to you tell you “You can fight another day.” No, not as in “fight on another day” but “fight this some other day.” Whether you’re coping with the occasional down day, or thriving fully in Picasso’s blue period, How to Weep in Public is the perfect place to regroup during a dark stint. So sit back, relax, and let Jacqueline Novak show you how to navigate the shadowy corridors of your troubled mind or the cheese display at the supermarket when food is the only thing that can save you.

Feminist Theory and Pop Culture Book

Feminist Theory and Pop Culture


  • Author : Adrienne Trier-Bieniek
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2015-06-17
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 133
  • ISBN 10 : 9789463000611

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Feminist Theory and Pop Culture Excerpt :

Feminist Theory and Pop Culture synthesizes feminist theory with modern portrayals of gender in media culture. This comprehensive and interdisciplinary text includes an introductory chapter written by the editor as well as nine contributor chapters of original content. Included in the text: • Historical illustration of feminist theory • Application of feminist research methods for the study of gender • Feminist theoretical perspectives such as the male gaze, feminist standpoint theory, Black feminist thought, queer theory, masculinity theory, theories of feminist activism and postfeminism • Contributor chapters cover a range of topics from Western perspectives on Belly Dance classes to television shows such as GIRLS, Scandal and Orange is the New Black, as well as chapters which discuss gendered media forms like “chick lit”, comic books and Western perspectives of non-Western culture in film • Feminist theory as represented in the different waves of feminism, including a discussion of a fourth wave • Pedagogical features • Suggestions for further reading on topics covered • Discussion questions for classroom use Feminist Theory and Pop Culture was designed for classroom use and has been written with an eye toward engaging students in discussion. The book’s polished perspective on feminist theory juxtaposes popular culture with theoretical perspectives which have served as a foundation for the study of gender. This interdisciplinary text can serve as a primary or supplemental reading in undergraduate or graduate courses which focus on gender, pop culture, feminist theory or media studies. “This excellent anthology grounds feminism as articulated through four waves and features feminists responding to pop culture, while recognizing that popular culture has responded in complicated ways to feminisms. Contributors proffer lucid and engaging critiques of topics ranging from belly dancing through Fifty Shades of Grey, Scandal and Orange is the New

Screen Comedy and Online Audiences Book

Screen Comedy and Online Audiences


  • Author : Inger-Lise Kalviknes Bore
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-06-14
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 182
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317672807

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Screen Comedy and Online Audiences Excerpt :

The question of why we laugh (or don't laugh) has intrigued scholars since antiquity. This book contributes to that debate by exploring how we evaluate screen comedy. What kinds of criteria do we use to judge films and TV shows that are meant to be funny? And what might that have to do with our social and cultural backgrounds, or with wider cultural ideas about film, TV, comedy, quality and entertainment? The book examines these questions through a study of audience responses posted to online facilities such as Twitter, Facebook, review sites, blogs and message boards. Bore’s analysis of these responses considers a broad range of issues, including how audiences perceive the idea of "national" comedy; what they think of female comedians; how they evaluate romcoms, sitcoms and web comedy; what they think is acceptable to joke about; what comedy fans get excited about; how fans interact with star comedians; and what comedy viewers really despise. The book demonstrates some of the ways in which we can adapt theories of humour and comedy to examine the practices of contemporary screen audiences, while offering new insights into how they negotiate the opportunities and constrictions of different online facilities to share their views and experiences.

The Next Next Level Book

The Next Next Level


  • Author : Leon Neyfakh
  • Publisher : Melville House
  • Release Date : 2015-07-14
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 139
  • ISBN 10 : 9781612194479

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In the tradition of Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love, an unforgettable account of fame, fandom, and the problem of making art in the twenty-first century In his multi-hyphenate ambitions, the musician who calls himself Juiceboxxx couldn’t be more modern—you might call him a punk rock-rapper-DJ-record executive-energy drink-magnate. Journalist Leon Neyfakh has been something more than a fan of Juiceboxxx’s since he was a teenager, when he booked a show for the artist in a church basement in his hometown of Oak Park, Illinois. Juiceboxxx went on to the tireless, lonely, possibly hopeless pursuit of success on his own terms—no club was too dank, no futon too grubby, if it helped him get to the next, next level. And, for years, Neyfakh remained haunted from afar: was art really worth all the sacrifices? If it was, how did you know you’d made it? And what was the difference, anyway, between a person like Juiceboxxx—who devoted his life to being an artist—and a person like Neyfakh, who elected instead to pursue a stable career and a comfortable, middle-class existence? Much more than a brilliant portrait of a charismatic musician always on the verge of something big, The Next Next Level is a wholly contemporary story of art, obsession, fame, ambition, and friendship—as well as viral videos, rap-rock, and the particulars of life on the margins of culture.

The Liars  Club Book
Score: 3
From 61 Ratings

The Liars Club


  • Author : Mary Karr
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre: Alcoholism
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 0330335979

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