You have learned a new rule and it’s simple: don’t put yourself in situations you’d like to run away from. But when you run, run back to yourself..
– Lena Dunham, Not That Kind Of Girl.
Sometimes you come across a book that you think you don’t relate to at all. The cultural differences in Lena Dunham’s Not that Kind of Girl were so wide, I could hardly relate to what Dunham was talking about. I didn’t have the same anxieties as her while going through my own awkward childhood-teenage phases. Until…
As I read through Dunham’s story about her adulthood struggles and her joys and the occasional phases of just being okay, I found myself nodding and saying: This is exactly how I feel!
And then the book grew on me, slowly. The book is funny, sad, frank and liberating.
You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.
― James Baldwin, The Price of the Ticket