I am watching The West Wing for the first time. Does everyone hate Donna as much as I do?
Or maybe you could tell your story differently?
I’d love for you to say more about this.
Because either race & ethnicity matter, or they don’t.
And if they do matter, then telling a story about existing in an insular circle where you only encounter people just like you if a very different story than one that features other perspectives. A large part of the story of Girls is about the naval-gazing insularity of Hannah and her friends (but especially Hannah). The fact that she doesn’t encounter people all that different from her is part of the story. It’s part of what makes her (as Jana put it) “a total asshole,” which is off-putting for some viewers and totally compelling to others.
Emily Nussbaum compared the character to Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm, which I think is an apt comparison. (And I have never been able to get into Curb for that reason. I suspect the difference for me might be my relative distance from the characters, i.e. how much I can see myself in each of them.)
For the final act of my week+ being home sick, I watched all of Girls. I know I’m way behind on this, but wow did I love this show. I think Lena Dunham might be the 21st century Philip Roth.
I know when the show initially aired a lot of people had strong feelings for and against it. Can anyone point me towards articles/blog posts that summed up how they felt?