Lena Dunham’s, “Not That Kind Of a Girl” is one of the most honest and felicitous read yet. Dunham’s memoir is divided into five parts – Food, Body, Work, Love & Sex and The Big Picture – a mixed bag of emotions with essays and lists ranging from uproarious to acute. Dunham’s writing is bewitching and profane at the same time which makes its aboriginal and one of its kind.
Where once wretched memoirs were in vogue in the publishing world, now it is books by young women writing about usually described as “all their flaws” which means everything that happens from sex to fame in life, which is why I enjoyed each and every expression and contemplation she shared.
Talking about thoughts, I have extracted 12 of my favorite quotes from Dunham’s book which are unreservedly awe-inspiring.
So here are the 12 quotes which really knocked me to six:
“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman.”
“Look over at the person beside you. Do they meet these criteria? If not, remove them, or remove yourself. You’re better off alone.”
“The end never comes when you think it will. It’s always ten steps past the worst moment, then a weird turn to the left.”
“When someone shows you how little you mean to them and you keep coming back formore, before you know it you start to mean less to yourself.”
“There is so much I’ve shared, and so much that’s been crushed by the sharing. I never mourned it, because it never mattered.”
“Besides being gross, these images of sex can also be destructive. Between porn and studio romantic comedies, we get the message loud and clear that we are doing it all wrong.”
“It’s not brave to do something that doesn’t scare you. Performing in sex scenes that I direct, exposing a flash of my weird puffy nipple, those things don’t fall into my zone of terror.”
“I’m not jealous in traditional ways – of boyfriends absorbing bank accounts – but I do covet other women’s styles of being.”
“I consider being female such a unique gift, such a sacred joy, in ways that run so deep I can’t articulate them. It’s a special kind of privilege to be born into the body you wanted, to embrace the essence of your gender even as you recognize what you are up against. Even as you seek to redefine it.”
“Ambition is a funny thing: it creeps in when you least expect it and keeps you moving, even when you think you want to stay put.”
“I decided then that I will never be jealous. I will never be vengeful. I won’t be threatened by the old, or by the new. I’ll open wide like a daisy every morning. I will make my work.”
“You’ve learned a new rule and it’s simple: don’t put yourself in situations you’d like to run away from.”
Have a lovely weekend you all ❤