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No Filter Needed: Lena Dunham Talks And Signs In Cornwall
Jacque Schiller reports from Cornwall. On Sunday, Nov. 27, an all-ages crowd gathered at the Cornwall UCC for a sold-out Cornwall Library benefit reading of Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, followed by an unscripted Q&A between the writer and her mother, artist Laurie Simmons. The dynamic between mother and daughter was interesting to hear and watch. After sharing how “horrific” she found reading negative comments, Ms. Simmons asked how her offspring felt becoming an overnight “posterchild for anti-Hollywood and fashion?” Lena assured us that she “even ate some food that day, guys” then self confidently expanded on the issue of body image. “It’s not exactly the job I thought I was setting out to do, but if you’re given that mantle and think can you can be helpful, you must take it and run with it. I’m lucky that I’m no longer alone in that. I’m good friends with Mindy Kaling and Amy Schumer — there’s a whole army of us who are coming in and saying this is also what a female body looks like. Admittedly, they’ve not been as naked as I have on television.” This refreshing, inspiring banter continued all the way until the last question of the night, from an audience member. “How do you like Cornwall?” Ms. Simmons answered for Lena, “You love Cornwall,” to which her daughter playfully agreed. “Did you not think I was going to say that? Cornwall is beautiful and has history and haunted things and not haunted things and the Moose and post office. I come here to think and relax and recover emotionally. I wrote some of the book here.” For two hours after the reading, the creator of the critically acclaimed HBO series Girls, and co-founder of e-newsletter, Lenny, graciously signed copies of her book, occasionally standing up to hug an appreciative reader.
Andrea Geisser, who is the board of The Cornwall Association and artist Jane Bevens; Tom Levine, who runs Longmeadow Farm, with Elizabeth Bruehl and Martha Bruehl.
Leslie Elias, artistic director of the Grumbling Gryphons, buys multiple copies of Dunham’s book; Willa Neubauer is happy with just one.
Jamie, son of Tom Levine, serves as the author’s helper at the book signing; Bianca Griggs, who owns The Wish House, stocks books for the crowd.
Lena Dunham fans Fawn Galli and Bente Dahl-Busby, a physical therapist in Sharon.