We thought we couldn't love Lena Dunham more, but apparently we were wrong.
We knew that her talents extend beyond screenwriting and acting to the essay form as well -- her tribute to Nora Ephron was one of the most moving and perfect pieces of writing we've read in a while -- but this week she has outdone herself again. In a funny, poignant piece in the August 13th issue of The New Yorker, Dunham writes about her first love -- the boyfriend from college that inspired parts of her film "Tiny Furniture" and the character of Elijah in "Girls" -- and the way that his parents unceremoniously unfriended her on Facebook.
Here's a taste of her reaction:
The main result of Nancy’s Facebook rejection was to send me down memory lane in a pretty disconcerting way. My relationship with Noah had, I realized, ended two years before, to the day—on August 17, 2008—after a year and a half of dating that felt like ﬁfty. The emotional acrobatics involved turned my heart into a hardened little gymnast with tiny tits and a leotard wedgie.
The essay also includes this verbal Internet-age gem from a woman whose 140 character bon mots have won her over 265,000 followers: "I guess I want to have my cake and tweet it, too."
Unfortunately, the piece is behind a paywall, but if you have access, be sure to check it out on The New Yorker's website or pick it up in print.