Monday, August 31, 2015

Lenny




Lena Dunham is about to use email newsletters in a whole new way! The actress, writer and creator of the HBO series, Girls, is partnering with Jenni Konner, (a television producer and screenwriter of Girls), to create a newsletter called Lenny, which they describe as contemporary feminism for the inbox.

They are creating this newsletter for people who want to talk about radical politics but also want to discuss shopping, fashion, celebrities, etc. They hope to create an expansive, all-inclusive discussion on feminism while providing young women with relatable stories on female relationships, gender identity and women in the workplace.

Lenny will be filled with writing from Dunham's large network of celebrity friends but will also showcase work from Lenny's own staff- writers and editors from Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, The Hairpin and Slate. It will also be featuring writing from readers who have diverse opinions and perspectives on the issues that make up the experience of living as a woman in today's world. 

Dunham and Konner will start off funding Lenny themselves before carefully selected advertisers and e-commerce partners join in. 

I signed up for the newsletter a while back and just got my first newsletter email from Lenny this morning! I am impressed - their first issue is a "summer fiction" issue. It features a short story written by Lena Dunham called "Six Sausages", which is about a 19-year-old girl who plans a weekend with her visiting not-quite boyfriend in New York City. The girl later questions whether the weekend went how she had planned and if the visit mattered to him at all. 

This newsletter also contained a short story called "Settling" by Jenny Zhang, which is about a 25-year-old girl who just got engaged and begins to reflect on her family history. Also included is an excerpt of a novel The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein, a writer for the New York Times and the New Yorker.

I am very interested to see what Lenny has in store for us. One of the things I miss about being in school is getting to read fictional writings and short stories written by my peers. 

It is also very unique that everything will be in the form of a newsletter, instead of permanently up on a website or blog for readers to see. It will be thought-provoking to read all the essays, fiction and non-fiction that these women write on issues, especially since we as women we can relate to the topics discussed. 

The newsletter will start rolling into everyone's inboxes each week starting in September. It's not too late to sign up for the newsletter- sign up here!

What do you guys think of Lenny? Are you going to sign up? 

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