Girls’ Lena Dunham Releases Newsletter Summer Fiction Preview

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Jenni Konner (l.) and Lena Dunham

There aren’t many writers or performers as provocative as Lena Dunham. Her show Girls always pushes the boundaries, giving us awkward sex scenes and coke-fueled dance parties, while always staying true to what it’s like to be a modern 20-something. From regularly taking her clothes off on the show, to well, regularly taking her clothes off in real life [NSFW], Dunham is never afraid to let it all hang out.

Now she is making headlines once again, but this time for her Lenny Letter newsletter. The newsletter was founded along with Jenni Konner, and the goal is to create something for “an army of like-minded intellectually curious women and the people who love them, who want to bring change but also want to know, like, where to buy the best tube top for summer that isn’t going to cost your entire paycheck.”

Lenny will officially launch this fall, but in the meantime they’re releasing a summer fiction preview, featuring stories from Rebecca Dinerstein, Jenny Zhang, and the first short story published by Dunham herself, who up until now has only published nonfiction.

Here’s a little taste, which proves that Dunham’s signature bare-it-all style carries over into her short story writing.

“And now he was here. Distant, tired, but holding her hand as tightly as he had the last three weeks of her junior year when they finally noticed each other and spent most afternoons on a twin bed he had shoved up against a window in a creaky Victorian, fucking until her inner-thighs were raw. She didn’t tell him he was the first person she had ever had an orgasm in front of, but she did admit she’d never had an “official” boyfriend. They hadn’t made any solid deal but when he asked her to shave his head using Greg’s beard clippers, it was as good a confirmation as any. They took goofy pictures throughout the process, of his hair in a Prince Valiant bowl cut or just the front shaved, like a lobotomy patient, until finally she quieted down so she could focus on making it smooth.”

To read the full story, click here!

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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