November 4, 2014

THE LESS WE KNOW ABOUT THESE PEOPLE THE BETTER...:

A WORD FOR DISCRETION (Matthew Schmitz, 11 . 4 . 14, First Things)

Intimacy demands spaces of silence, and Dunham has built a career by violating those silences. She has attacked discretion and in the process attacked intimacy itself. This is a serious charge, but it is likely to seem a little weak at this moment, when others are accusing her of the much more serious offense of child molestation because of what she describes in her memoir[.] [...]

Whatever one makes of what Dunham did to her sister when she was a small child (and some are making far too much of it), it is impossible to understand why as a twenty-eight-year-old woman she would find it necessary to describe this scene. For all her accomplishments, the voice of a generation has yet to learn that there are some things about which it is better to say nothing at all. 


...which is why the autobiographical natrure of her work precludes watching any of it.

Posted by at November 4, 2014 6:43 PM
  

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