If you’re looking for some after-work Instapaper reading, click through for a two-part blog post (1, 2) by filmmaker Lena Dunham, whose new movie Tiny Furniture premiered in New York earlier this summer, about some trips she took recently around the country and to Israel.
Ms. Dunham, who first made her name with web videos and was profiled by David Carr in the New York Times some months back as a South by Southwest success story, is stylistically “web fluent” in all the good ways and none of the bad. She manages to be super funny line after line as she describes a tour of George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch, where she had to conceal the fact that she’d never seen Star Wars; her week-long stay at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, where she and her pal Ry Russo-Young worked on their script Nobody Walks; and her visit to the Muslim Quarter in Jerusalem, where she tasted hummus that made the stuff she’d “fooled around with in NYC look like insulation on crackers.”
There’s also a pretty good scene where Ms. Dunham screens Tiny Furniture in Israel, where the audience was very kind, but not necessarily sold on the notion that the movie was a comedy. “Rather, they saw a vaguely tragic film about a lost girl with an absent mother and serious self-esteem issues,” Ms. Dunham writes. “A group of Jerusalem-based psychotherapists waited after the second screening to chat, and when I informed them I’d been in therapy since the age of seven one said ‘yes, I can tell.'”