Love her or hate her, Lena Dunham is hard to ignore. I am most definitely in the “love” camp because I see her as a beacon of inspiration for a new generation of smart and uncompromising young women. Ms. Dunham can now list “writer” in her resume that already boasts director, actor and tv writer. Her first book “Not That Kind of Girl” was released last Tuesday to enormous fanfare – I have been reading some excerpts and this struck a chord (for all the female bloggers out there): “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. As hard as we have worked and as far as we have come, there are still so many forces conspiring to tell women that our concerns are petty, our opinions aren’t needed, that we lack the gravitas necessary for our stories to matter. That personal writing by women is no more than an exercise in vanity and that we should appreciate this new world for women, sit down, and shut up.”
- Another side of aging:
After more than a decade, Chrissie Hynde is back with a new album, “Stockholm”. Not much has changed: at 63 her kohl rimmed eyes, the trademark bangs, the leather pants on skinny legs, the caustic sense of humor and rawness are still there – a bit more wrinkled, but still there. In my eyes, Chrissie Hynde is the ultimate rock ’n roll lady, the one who hasn’t lost her roots, who hasn’t been polished by success. I never came across her during my years in the business but I wish I had. I imagine drinks with her as an ultimate treat. Check out this live performance she did for KCRW in Los Angeles to witness that her talents and her wits are all but intact.
- Love at 80:
“A weekend on your lips/A lifetime in your eyes”. The line is not mine but Leonard Cohen’s. I haven’t heard his new album, “Popular Problems”, in its entirety but I fell in love with that line: because it evokes so many images (how a relationship started, maybe?) and because, at 80, Mr. Cohen still seems to believe in the possibility of love.
- Discounted luxury:
Always wanted that Saint Laurent bag or that pair of Loboutin heels but could never even dream of affording them? Vestiaire Collective, a European website with an outpost here in the States, makes it possible to buy previously used items that women the world over are putting up for sale. Or maybe you want to get rid of that expensive impulse buy that has been sitting in your closet ever since? Items are photographed and put up for sale by the sellers but, once are sold, are sent to Vestiaire Collective for inspection before being shipped off to the buyer. Warning: it can get addictive to browse.
- Yes, a dog video:
I am a little bit ashamed of admitting I am that person. I draw the line at cat videos but I am a sucker for dog ones. Those featuring boxers are most often watched twice and this is such a heart warming story that I had to pass it on. You draw your own conclusions (and reach for the hankies).