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Louisa May Alcott
Critic's Notebook: Lena Dunham grows up, and so does 'Girls'
Critic's Notebook: Lena Dunham grows up, and so does 'Girls'

From the moment we met her two years ago, Lena Dunham has been as much character as creator. Her story — a 23-year-old with one small film to her credit handed the reins of a high-profile, frantically marketed HBO series — bled through the show's narrative even before it aired. That she also starred in "Girls," which follows the exploits of four young post-collegiate women living in New York, only solidified the narrative blur. As with Woody Allen in his mid-career heyday, where the written narrative ends and the creator's reality begins is sometimes difficult to distinguish. Not even Aaron Sorkin has the kind of personal relationship with his audience...

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