Missy Kurzweil This is a really interesting take on fashion and philanthropy... I'd never heard of Ozwald Boateng before this article but I'm really glad you put him in the spotlight. His work for the Made in Africa foundation is as inspired as his fashion. Cool guy!
Missy Kurzweil I agree Tillie -- as is, Hannah's character is totally unlikable. But there's a lot of room for her to grow and it feels like Lena Dunham is setting us up for that in coming episodes. Season 2 tagline is "almost getting it kind of together." Emphasis on the "kind of," I guess.
Missy Kurzweil I think it's great that a show like Girls can act as a launchpad for conversations and articles like this one. But I also think your frustration (while totally valid) is a little misdirected. People seem quick to blame Dunham for telling the story of privileged, artsy, white girls. But that's the world she chose to create. She is not, and never has claimed to be, generalizing or making larger statements about the "state of modern feminism." She's drawing on personal experience to tell one particular, compelling tale. There are a million other modern stories about women also begging to be told on TV, and they should be. But don't blame the girl who happened to write a different one, and turned out to be wildly successful at it.
Missy Kurzweil You know, I'm happy you posted this review when you did because I was planning to download her book in the next few days. But I think I'm like you in that I wouldn't be able to get through it. I'm all for serious and raw, but like you, I need that special sauce on the side. I'm so surprised that the woman who thought up the world of Harry Potter couldn't find a glimmer of hope to put in her adult novel... if anything, adults need it even more than kids! Great review, Rebecca!
Missy Kurzweil Thanks for your comment Robert. Theoretically, I can see how this argument (along with many others on this comment stream) might be valid. But life doesn't take place in an Ayn Rand novel. In the real world, when you put these "butt out and let it happen" policies into effect, all it does is make rich people richer and poor people poorer. Eight years of such Bush policies gave Obama a nation that has never been more divided, or more weak. Now, finally, it feels like we're making our way toward the middle again, where we should be.
Missy Kurzweil I'm equally amazed that the right supports the idea that not everyone should have to buy the product, yet everyone will at some point use the product at high cost to those who acted responsibly and bought it.
Missy Kurzweil An interesting follow-up on this topic: Susan Cain gives a TED talk on "the power of introverts." http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts.html Worth a watch!
Missy Kurzweil Tim, that's a really interesting point that I've thought about, too. Collaboration is when everyone works together to make something better. The rounds and rounds of revisions that tend to take place in a corporate setting are often to make it safe. Safe doesn't resonate with anyone.
Missy Kurzweil Thanks Benjamin for your comment! Interesting that one can train a non dominant behavior to become dominant. That's something I think creative people can feel while working and it's interesting that there's research to back it up.
Missy Kurzweil I defintely agree with your point about the Importance of external review.i did that my work often gets better when I bring it to a trusted fiend of colleague and ask for feedback. But I think the difference between that scenario and ones I mentioned in the article is collaboration while conceiving an idea, versus voluntary feedback after it has been conceived.