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Culture Watch: The Intersection of Two Modern Masters.

“We would rather be ruined than changed/We would rather die in our dread/Than climb the cross of the moment/And let our illusions die.”

W.H. Auden’s The Age of Anxiety is not an easy read. As a cultural artifact (published in 1947, as the modernist moment is fading), it is fascinating as it exhibits the underpinnings of all modern literature: the competing sensibilities of loss and liberation. The very form of the poem, an eclogue, gestures toward this sense of loss as it holds on to this classical convention as if to center its subject–how to find meaning in a changing and increasingly industrialized world. That said, the choice of the eclogue, the domain of Virgil and all that is pastoral, is deliberate and disrupts and dislocates the images of metropolitan life we see in the text.  Set in a NYC bar and told through the conversations between four characters, Auden’s poem considers man’s quest for understanding at the dawn of a new era. The poem won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 and inspired a musical composition by Leonard Bernstein, The Age of Anxiety, Symphony No. 2.

Last weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of attending a concert performance of Bernstein’s piece by Boston’s New Philharmonia Orchestra. In the first moments of the score, I was so moved by the plaintive sounds of the woodwind instruments, I felt my eyes well up. And that emotional connection continued throughout the whole piece. Just lovely. And the performance inspired me to reread the poem this week, which is a good thing. 

Here is the gorgeous concert stage in Newton’s First Baptist Church…as you might imagine, the acoustics are fantastic.



And here is my seven-year-old concert date, who gave the music two thumbs up!



Friday Culture Watch: To Read, To Listen, To Make, To Do.

To Read.
Before the holidays I wrote a piece about the allegations about Bill Cosby, and expressed my sadness at the thought of a childhood hero falling short of one’s image of that person. There have been countless articles published (print and online) over the last few months, but Robert Huber’s piece, “Dr. Huxtable and Mr. Hyde,” from 2006’s Philadelphia Magazine, is really worth a read. It is quite surprising, actually, that Huber’s comprehensive feature did not receive more attention nine years ago when it was published.

To Listen.
Lamenting the loss of Thursday morning Serial updates in your podcast folder? Check out these eight literary podcasts selected by Electric Literature guaranteed to fill the void. There are several that I hadn’t heard of (like The Greenlight Bookstore’s Radio Hour and some that I already love like Longform or Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter’s A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment. (Hear their favorite reads of 2014 in Episode 11.) Are there any you would add to the list?

To Make.
Ocassionally my husband will wax nostalgic about a small butcher shop in his hometown of Madison, Connecticut where one could buy delicious stuffed pork chops and Chicken Cordon Bleu to cook at home. Last week I happened to see a recipe on Pinterest for a Chicken Cordon Bleu casserole, so I decided to give it a try. And it was delicious and super easy to make! Here is the recipe:

Ingredients
For the casserole:

  • 1 whole cooked chicken, bones removed, meat diced or shredded (rotisserie chicken is excellent, should have 5-6 cups)
  • 1/2 pound very thinly sliced deli-style honey ham, rough chopped
  • 1/4 pound thin sliced baby Swiss cheese

For the sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 3 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the topping:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed dried parsley or thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Assemble as follows: line bottom of baking dish with chicken pieces, add the layer of diced ham, and then a layer of Swiss cheese (either shredded or sliced is fine). Combine sauce ingredients on the stovetop (until thickened into the consistency of a good bechamel sauce) before pouring over baking dish ingredients. Finally, top with panko bread crumbs and a bit of thyme and bake at 375 degrees for 30 min. Delicious!

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To Do.
This coming Sunday is the Super Bowl. And though my hometown team is playing, I confess that I will not be watching (I know, terrible, right?). Instead, I am planning to do my grocery shopping for the week (lame, but for the last few years that is what I’ve done!) or if I can find a likeminded friend to take in dinner and a movie, that is Plan B. I also found this (humorous) list: 45 Other Things To Do On Super Bowl Sunday, so here’s to having lots of choices!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Friday Culture Watch: The World of Fan Fiction.

Are you familiar with fan fiction? If you have read the Fifty Shades Trilogy (and are willing to admit it), you have dipped your toes into the world of fan fic—as E..L. James’ characters Christian and Anastasia were based on Stephenie Meyer’s leads from Twilight, Edward and Bella. James’ erotic reimaginings of her vampire world, initially posted online under the penname Snowqueen’s Icedragon, garnered such a robust following that James first self-published the books. Then Random House came calling and reiussed the trilogy in paperback, and the rest is history.

Lev Grossman provides this basic working definition of fan fiction in TIME: “Fan fiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They don’t do it for money. That’s not what it’s about. The writers write it and put it up online just for the satisfaction. They’re fans, but they’re not silent, couch-bound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language.”

I am intrigued by the idea of fan fic—in fact, I wrote my own Roald Dahl-inspired versions (based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, of course) as a kid. Would love to unearth those gems now! The reason I find the phenomenon so fascinating is that as Grossman notes, it demonstrates an active engagement with cultural media rather than passive consumption. And that is always a good thing.

This is one view.

This is one view.

You may know that first-time writer Anna Todd signed a six-figure book deal with Simon and Schuster this year for her One-Direction themed erotic fan fiction that first racked up millions of views on Wattpad. And she is certainly not the only fan fic writer that has been plucked from obscurity based on the rapid feedback available to online authors.

Not everyone condones this practice, however. George R.R. Martin, author of the popular Game of Thrones series, suggests that writers should not encourage unsanctioned spinoffs based on their characters—which are, ultimately, their own intellectual property.

And here is another. (In the form of a Venn Diagram, which I always appreciate!)

And here is another. (In the form of a Venn Diagram, which I always appreciate!)

In some ways, I think of fan fic as a literary form of sampling, but one could make the (valid) argument that successful fan fic can be too derivative and that it doesn’t always require the production of a composition with enough “newness” in the way that a song like Coolio’s Fantastic Voyage does (despite its origins in Lakeside’s song by the same name). Although, everything is a remix.

What do you think about fan fic? Do you read it? Do you write it?

Friday Culture Watch: To Read, To Listen, To Make, To Do.

To Read.
Ask any vocalist or music lover what they think about autotuning, and you are bound to get an earful. This method of electronic pitch correction (basically the “tuning” of a singer’s voice so it is on-key) is a controversial issue for some who believe it is a way to mask tonal deficiencies in an artist’s voice. Though primarily used in the studio, autotuning can also occur in live performances. Read this piece, from The Verge’s Lessly Anderson for a solid background on the past, present, and future of autotune use in music.

One of the names that often comes to mind when people talk about autotune is the R&B singer T-Pain who has made so much use of autotune in his work that he even inspired an iPhone app called “I Am T-Pain,” which simulates the effect. But T-Pain can really sing—listen to this week’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert featuring the artist. (And read this piece from last March’s New Yorker about the artist.)

To Listen.
Yes, yes, I did. Bought Taylor Swift’s new album 1989, that is. And you should too—because it is upbeat and catchy in all the best ways. And for those of us who remember this era of pop music, TS takes us back. And it is so much fun. (And since that is by no means a critical review, you can read the NYT review here.)
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To Make.
One of my favorite snacks to make is popcorn. But I haven’t bought microwave popcorn for two years now. Good thing, apparently, as it is harmful to your health. What I use instead is this handy microwave popper from Sur La Table. Fill the bottom with whole kernels, add a pat or two of butter on top of the vented rubber cover (the butter will melt and drizzle over the popcorn as it pops) and season with salt to your taste when it’s done. It makes great popcorn! And at under $25, it makes a great gift for someone along with some popcorn and maybe a few seasonings.

To Do.
And once you make that popcorn, get ready to watch a movie tonight (after trick-or-treating, of course) that will be expiring from Netflix on November 1. If you’ve been waiting years to stream Apocalypse Now, Steel Magnolias or St. Elmo’s Fire, act fast! The complete list can be found here.

And finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the death yesterday of Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino. I met him back in 1993 at a debate against Jim Brett when he was first running for mayor and I was a college student tasked with interviewing the two candidates for my Intro to Journalism class. He was a kind and gracious respondent to a nervous 18-year-old that was looking for a quote for her story. And he served his city like no one else. Rest in peace, Mayor Menino.

 

Friday Culture Watch: What to Read, Listen, Make, and Do.

To Read.
Recently I was in a writing workshop where a classmate offered his take on writer Joan Didion: too white, too insulated, too rich, too elite. Since all of these are subjective observations, I would like to add my own: too talented. Novelist and essayist Didion has always had a way of getting to the heart of the matter, as she did in her 2004 memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, which she wrote in 88 days following the death of her husband—while her daughter was also battling a case of septic pneumonia.

There is Slouching Toward Bethlehem, Play It As It Lays, Blue Nights, and many others—all which exhibit her trademark syntactical style. She has said, “To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed…The arrangement of the words matters, and the arrangement you want can be found in the picture in your mind…The picture tells you how to arrange the words and the arrangement of the words tells you, or tells me, what’s going on in the picture.”

Director Griffin Dunne and filmmaker Susanne Rostock are currently making a documentary about Didion titled We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live using the author’s own words and her own voice. The pair has organized a Kickstarter campaign to fund the film and although the goal has already been reached, visitors can still donate (and there are some interesting incentives to encourage donor participation—including book recommendations and recipes from the author herself) and read more about the project.
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As a fellow Cape Codder, I have to give a shout out to singer Meghan Trainor. At only twenty-years-old, Trainor has written songs for some notable artists (Rascal Flatts, among them) and has a number one Billboard song with “All About That Bass” (you’ve probably heard it by now). The message of the song—being happy with who you are at any size—is a positive one, and is definitely the antidote to the Photoshop-trimmed images that are marketed to young girls as the physical ideal. And it has certainly spurred a lot of discussion—like this piece in The Atlantic and this one in The New York Times. What do you think?

To Make.
Seven days until Halloween! If you have little ones, check out Absent Librarian’s blog for some inspiration on literary costumes for kids. Here are a few images from her site. So cute!
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To Do.
Aretha Franklin does not have time for that. Watch this compilation of morning show interviews that Franklin did over the last week in support for her latest album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics.

There are a series of mishaps—poor earpieces, loud background music, gushing interviewers, and the like. And the Great Diva herself does not seem amused. Also, after that, read this Vulture piece by Rich Juzwiak on the changing tenor of Franklin’s voice that asks the question if whether Franklin’s latest album “will do for aging what “Respect” did for Civil Rights and the Women’s Movement.”

Have a wonderful weekend! xo

Friday Culture Watch: To Read, To Listen, To Make, To Do.

To Read.
Last week’s Economist had a fantastic (5000 word!) essay, “From Papyrus to Pixels” about the future of the book. Though this is a topic that has been considered in academic circles for some time—and in the popular sphere (primarily by focusing on the e-book revolution)—this piece does a good job of establishing the historical context of the book and offering a vision for the future (which does not look too different from the present). “Books will evolve online and off, and the definition of what counts as one will expand; the sense of the book as a fundamental channel of culture, flowing from past to future, will endure. People may no longer try to pass on wisdom to their sons and daughters through slave-written scrolls, as Cicero did in de Officiis, or even in print. It may even be that Voltaire was right, and that none of them will ever write anything more wise than what was set down 2,000 years ago. But it will not be for want effort, or of opportunity, or of an audience of future readers ready to seek out wisdom in the books that they leave behind.”
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To Listen.
Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR, produces the show On Point with Tom Ashbrook that is broadcast nationally. On Fridays, the program hosts a news roundtable, which serves as a great recap of the big stories that are grabbing headlines each week. Now, the program is introducing “The Explicast,” a podcast that goes in depth on “questions the headlines forgot to ask.” This week’s inaugural episode is titled “How Do You Win A Nobel Prize in Literature.” Listen to the link below. 

To Make.
The weather is getting cooler around these parts and with that comes soup weather. I am a big soup fan—it is one-pot dining at its best. Thankfully, my family enjoys soup served with a salad and a little bread for dinner, so sometimes it is a great weeknight dinner. My all-time favorite soup is Potato Leek, made with a recipe from The Joy of Cooking. My friend LK once made me a batch of this soup, and I couldn’t get enough. Now I make it all the time!

French Vichyssoise (Leek and Potato Soup) from The Joy of Cooking

Yield: About 8 cups of soup

Total Cooking Time: about 1 hour

INGREDIENTS:

3 medium leeks; white part only, minced

1 medium onion, minced

2 tablespoons butter

4 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced very thin

4 cups chicken broth (or 1 large can of College Inn Chicken Broth)

1 to 2 cups of milk or cream (the recipe says it is optional—but I think it is essential!)

salt to taste

ground white pepper to taste

1 tablespoon chopped chives or scallion for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Saute leeks and onions in butter for 3 minutes. Add potatoes and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Blend in a blender (I actually just use an immersion blender in the pot), a small amount at a time. Add cream, salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or cold.

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To Do.
Start thinking about that novel you have been wanting to write. Next month is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. Yes you can write a draft of a novel in a month, and the NaNoWriMo website and local events will keep you on track as you move toward your goal. Think about it: there’s no time like the present! And speaking of presents, come December, you could be gifting your loved ones with your version of the Great American Novel. But first, you need to get started.

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Have a great weekend!

 

Friday Culture Watch: To Read, To Listen, To Make, To Do.

To Read.
As I’ve said many times before on this blog, Meghan Daum is one of my favorite essayists of all time. And in her latest piece for The New Yorker, she again considers a fraught topic with sensitivity, honesty, and precision. The piece, “Difference Maker—The childless, the parentless, and the Central Sadness” weighs the ‘mother question’ head on—as considers what it means to know who we are and what we ultimately want for our lives. A beautiful and haunting piece.

To Listen.
I am definitely not in the demographic for the Jonas Brothers—though my sister will tell you I binge watched a season of “Married to Jonas” (ha!)—but I do like this new song by Nick Jonas. I know it is another example of (overproduced) pop, but his falsetto in the chorus reminds me of old Prince music. Check it out—what do you think? A catchy tune to add to your running playlist? (It’s now on mine!)

To Make.
Last Sunday was one of those nights—hungry family, and the cupboard (nearly) bare. I nixed a last-minute trip to the grocery store, because those never end well. I end up going to Whole Foods and coming home with a bunch of beautiful prepared items that cost me a fortune and are gone in an instant. So…I decided to stay home and work with what I had that might be reasonably made into a meal, which was the following: chicken, chicken broth, green beans, mushrooms, and a lonely box of pastina (my childhood favorite). I cut up the chicken into small chunks and seasoned with this magic mixture, Vignalta Sale Alle Erbe delle Marlunghe. Honestly, if you don’t already have this in your pantry, get it asap.
photo 2My friend A. bought this jar for me and I use it ALL the time. It elevates the flavor of everything from eggs to meat to vegetables and everything in between. I sautéed the chicken and removed from the pan. Next, I added some butter and sautéed the mushrooms. I returned the chicken to the pan and combined the mixture with a splash of white wine. I cooked the green beans separately in a mixture of olive oil and kosher salt, and boiled the pastina in the chicken broth. Once everything was cooked, I placed it all on a platter, grated some Parmesan cheese over the top and voila—dinner! So good.

Easy and delicious!

Easy and delicious!

To Do.
Move to Star’s Hollow without leaving your couch. 🙂 Netflix is now streaming all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls. Hooray! If you’ve never watched the show, you are missing out. Smart, highly literate, and chockfull of fantastic pop culture references, it is a real treat. (I love that Buzzfeed offers a list of the 339 books referenced in the series here.)
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Have a fantastic weekend!

Friday Culture Watch: Lena Dunham, Mary Karr, and Jenny Rosenstrach (!) in Boston.

Last night, a line snaked from the front of Boston’s Wilbur Theater on Tremont Street around the corner onto Kneeland Street. Passersby unaware of the scheduled event may have thought that the mixed crowd was waiting in the damp cold for a musical concert or theater production. But no, the shivering queue (myself included) was waiting to hear actress, writer, screenwriter, and Girls creator Lena Dunham in conversation with poet and memoirist Mary Karr.

The occasion for the event was the release of Dunham’s autobiographical collection of essays, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned’, which was released on October 1.

It is also important to note that this was no ordinary author event. For starters, my friend A. and I were greeted by what I could only describe as a Planned Parenthood ‘mascot’—a young woman wearing a large pink costume, which was supposed to be a birth control pill. (Now there’s something for Halloween.)

After a two-song performance by BU’s Chordially Yours, including a mashup of Fountain of Wayne’s “Stacy’s Mom” and One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” and a poetic introduction by Brookline Booksmith’s head of promotions Zoe Hyde, a newly-blonde Dunham took the stage in a floor-length floral dress. She read two essays from her new collection—including one on platonic bed sharing, and the a list of (unfortunate) flirtatious lines.

Dunham was charming and genuine—receiving the audience affirmation and adoration with grace and humility. When an audience member passed up a gift for her on stage (a lovely woman who happened to be sitting across from me), Dunham opened it and was clearly thrilled at its contents—a Scandal t-shirt, which she immediately donned.

Her conversation with Mary Karr was interesting, not only for their discussion of the genre of memoir (e.g. is it something that one needs to write) but also for this revelation from Dunham, which was profound in its simplicity: “Anyone who makes something needs to know that there will always be people that love it and people that hate it.” Something we all know, but useful to hear from someone who truly puts herself out there in the name of her work.

The (unexpected) joy of the evening? Meeting Jenny Rosenstrach, blogger and author of the fabulous cookbook that I wrote about here, Dinner: A Love Story. Rosenstrach’s husband, Andy Ward, is Dunham’s editor (and incidentally, the spouses write a monthly column for Bon Appetit!), so they were both in attendance, along with the illustrator of Dunham’s book, Joana Avillez.

After the event, A. and I went across the street to Abby Lane for a burger and a glass of wine—and soon, Dunham (in a Cosby-style sweater) and her group arrived. A. and I were having so much fun catching up that we decided to let them do the same. But I would have *loved* to have chatted with these fabulous women. Maybe next time…

The first thing I did when I woke up this morning? I started reading Dunham’s book.

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Worst picture ever! We were two rows back, so I felt rude about zeroing in for the good shot. But there you go–you get the idea. 🙂

Friday Culture Watch: What to Read, Listen, Make, and Do.

To Read.
If you are looking for a book that will surprise you, and is just about near perfect, than read E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars. To offer the backdrop (a Massachusetts island, a short boat ride to Martha’s Vineyard) and some description of the characters (New England elites) and a plot summary (I can’t–it would give too much away), would diminish the impact this book might have on its reader. I will tell you that it surprised me at every turn and was just beautiful. I am not going to say any more than that. Just read it!
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To Listen.
How often do you listen to music that is not in your native tongue? Most Americans, I think, look for music in English, which is not how it is around the world–where people routinely listen to music in other languages. I am thinking of Europe in particular, though some of this may be due to the close proximity of nations (and obviously the fact that multilingualism is almost a prerequisite). One European musical export that I have been enjoying lately is Stromae (Paul Van Haver) who is a hip hop/electronica artist from Belgium. His music is in French, and is socially conscious–often dealing with weighty issues. Watch this video of his song “Papatouai” about a distant and absent father (Stromai’s own father was killed in the Rwandan genocide.

And read this week’s pieces from Time Magazine and Vulture for more about the artist.

To Make.
Well this is been a long week. I am so glad it is Friday! And I plan to make myself one of these apertifs as soon as 5 o’clock rolls around. You might try it as well. I am not sure if it actually has a name, but I am calling it “The Hildy” in honor of my new pup. She is a love, but definitely part of the reason that I have had a long week! Puppies are no joke.

So here’s how to make “The Hildy”:
The ingredients you need to have on hand are straightforward: some white wine–preferably a dry white–but just a basic white table wine will do. A bottle of St. Germain liqueur. Some plain seltzer. And a lemon. Fill your glass halfway with ice (I like to use a stemless wine tumbler for this purpose) then fill about half-way full of white wine add a little bit of St. Germain, fill the rest of the glass with plain seltzer, and garnish with a lemon wedge it is the perfect blend of tart with just a hint of sweetness and will get your weekend started off on the right foot.
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To Do.
Watch these clips.

Well, last night Captain Derek Jeter played his last game at Yankee Stadium. In Jeter’s 20 year career as shortstop with the New York Yankees, he has been nothing but a class act and a key contributor to the team’s success. Who can forget his leadoff homer in the 2000 World Series, his “Mr. November” walk-off in Game 4 of the 2001 World Series, or his  famous “flip play” against Oakland in the 2001 ALDS? (My son has watched this last one on YouTube countless times.) Last night was no different. Jeter closed the game with a walkoff single for a Yanks win the game.

I had tears in my eyes. (And I am a Red Sox fan.)

If you haven’t yet watched the Jeter “Respect” commercial, then you should. Regardless of what team you root for, Jeter has always been a class act and deserves all the fanfare.

Long live #2! RE2PECT.

Have a wonderful weekend! And Cheers.

Friday Culture Watch: Lena Dunham and Meghan Daum.

For this week, two writers to watch:
So, in case you haven’t heard, Lena Dunham’s new book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” is out on September 30. And Meghan Daum’s latest, The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion is out on November 18.

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Lena Dunham, at home in NYC.

Dunham’s show Girls may have given her mainstream recognition, but it was her 2010 film Tiny Furniture that first caught my attention. Since then, she has written for the likes of The New Yorker (“Difficult Girl” and “Seeing Nora Everywhere”—about friend Nora Ephron) and Rolling Stone (interviewing Mindy Kaling). Last year, Gawker published her entire book proposal and the interwebs were buzzing with the news that she received a $3.5 million advance for her forthcoming book. Now tickets to her upcoming 11-stop book tour are sold out. One was even posted on Craigslist earlier this week for $900 and Dunham herself tried to buy it back in order to give it away (face value of tickets was $38), to no avail. But as a sidenote, I am looking forward to seeing her in conversation with Mary Karr next month at her event in Boston.

Last Sunday, the New York Times Magazine ran writer Meghan Daum’s interview of the actress, writer, producer, and director. The interview itself was revealing—even for those that might think that all of Dunham’s experiences and anxieties are reflected in her Girls character of Hannah Horvath. In addition, Daum’s gifts as a writer and critic are in full force as she analyzes the reception to Dunham’s work. She writes, “Articles about her entrance onto the literary stage tend to be followed by comment boards where words like “talentless,” “overrated” and “hack” are in heavy rotation. The problem with this is that Dunham, though she might not be to everyone’s taste, is anything but a hack.” She goes on to argue that Dunham is thoughtful in her vision—ensuring that her work is shaped by her own persona—in a similar vein to another notable New Yorker, Woody Allen.

I have mentioned Meghan Daum’s 2001 essay collection My Misspent Youth before on the blog (I have been teaching the title essay in my classes since 2002 and it still resonates as fully with students now as it did more than a decade ago), and I am beyond excited that her latest,Daum is now a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and a New Yorker contributor. She is also the author of The Quality of Life Report (2004), a novel set in the rural midwest—likely drawn from the author’s own experiences there following a move to Lincoln from Manhattan and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House (2010), a funny look at her lifelong fixation on real estate for personal fulfillment.

Both women offer original and insightful commentary on everything from the quotidian to broader global issues and to paraphrase Hannah Horvath, they just might be voices of their generations. 😉

Writer Meghan Daum.

Writer Meghan Daum.