This push toward a life where she will not be able to solely focus on her art without worry for shelter or sustenance sets in motion Dunham’s overriding concern with the complexities of a life lived for art. (It’s this exploration that Brody has given thorough consideration to in his weekly roundups.) Having lost, or been freed from, this support structure, she’s been forced to give up experimenting and start experiencing. Her inability to separate the art that will come from these experiences from the moment of living them is the dilemma of her life.
A counter-reading of Lena Dunham’s Girls