lena dunham is publishing her teenage diary to help young female writers

'Is It Evil Not to Be Sure?' is a collection of journals written between the fall of 2005 and the spring of 2006​.

by Hannah Ongley
17 May 2016, 3:03pm

Just when you thought Lena Dunham couldn't possibly get any more real, the actress and editor has announced a surprise drop of her most revelatory text yet: a bunch of decade-old diaries she found on her hard drive while recovering from surgery earlier this year. Called Is It Evil Not to Be Sure?, the "Creative Snippets and Observations" were written between the fall of 2005 and the spring of 2006. Dunham claims that while the discovery initially filled her with a rare feeling of mortification, she was also proud of "how carefully I had recorded that period of time, my younger self's commitment to capturing the kinds of hyper-internal formative moments so often lost to adulthood."

All proceeds from the sale of the journal will be donated to Girls Write Now, a program which pairs budding female writers with mentors in New York City. "I have always believed that women chronicling their own lives, even (or especially) at their most mundane, is a radical act," says Dunham of her decision to link with the non-profit. "That's why I thought the diaries might be worth sharing as a short book, with proceeds going to Girls Write Now and their mission to give young women the tools to tell their own stories. I can't think of a more admirable goal for an organization, or a better reason to expose the oft troubling thought patterns of my final teenage year."

The diaries will be available as a 56-page chapbook or in digital format at 12pm today. 


Text Hannah Ongley
Photography Todd Cole

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