Lena Dunham Proves Her Supreme Loveliness
8/27/2014 3:00 PM PDT, by Emily Trainham
Lena Dunham is, in a word, wonderful. In multiple words, she is talented, intelligent, beautiful, funny, and a really, really amazing writer. That's why it's so nice that she's releasing a memoir soon titled "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned." That way, we can read her lovely words while also learning! What could be better?
She's released an excerpt to "The New Yorker," so we can get a glimpse of the book early. This bit is about her childhood and how she struggled with intense hypochondria:
"I am eight, and I am afraid of everything. The list of things that keep me up at night includes but is not limited to: appendicitis, typhoid, leprosy, unclean meat, foods I haven't seen emerge from their packaging, foods my mother hasn't tasted first so that if we die we die together, homeless people, headaches, rape, kidnapping, milk, the subway, sleep."
And this one is about how she learned she also suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder, with the help of her therapist, Lisa:
"Sitting with my mother in the beauty salon one afternoon, I come across an article about obsessive-compulsive disorder. A woman describes her life, so burdened with obsessions that she has to lick art in museums and crawl on the sidewalk. Her symptoms aren't much worse than mine: the magazine's description of her most horrible day parallels my average one. I tear the article out and bring it to Lisa, whose face crumples sympathetically, as though the moment she'd been dreading had finally arrived. It makes me want to throw my needlepoint supplies in her face."
Remember when we talked about how great Lena Dunham is just a few paragraphs up there? This right here is another one. Lena, popular, powerful Lena, has the ability to discuss this kind of mental illness in such a profound way with such a large audience, and she's working that as much as she can. She's kind of an inspiration, guys. Hope you love it.
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