07/09/2012 11:07 am ET

The Age Of Girlfriends

"What in the world could be more trivial than intimacy? Hmm? Is there anything real you can write about?"

That is a question posed to Lena Dunham's Hannah Horvath, in the penultimate episode of the HBO series “Girls,” which wrapped up for the season on June 17th. (The show's second season is now in production, and is set to air next year.) Hannah, a recent college graduate and aspiring professional writer, is being interrogated at a Brooklyn coffee house by Ray, her curmudgeonly, know-it-all boss, after she tells him about an essay she's written on an ex-boyfriend’s hoarding problem. "What do you think would be a real thing to write about?" Hannah responds, with a slightly wounded look. "I dunno. Lots of things," barks Ray. "Cultural criticism. How about years of neglect and abuse? How about acid rain? How about the plight of the giant panda bear? How about racial profiling? How about urban sprawl? How about divorce? How about death? How about death? Death is the most fucking real issue. You should write about death. That's what you should write about. Explore that. Death."

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