City of Girls by Elizabeth GilbertFrom the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you dont have to be a good girl to be a good person.
Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are.
Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.
In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves-and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.
Now ninety-five years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. At some point in a womans life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time, she muses. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is. Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.
Lena Dunham’s Girls: the show that turned TV upside down
Girls is an American comedy-drama television series created by and starring Lena Dunham and executive produced by Judd Apatow. The series follows the lives of four young women living in New York City. The show's premise and major aspects of the main character—including being cut off financially from her parents, becoming a writer, and making unfortunate decisions—were drawn from Dunham's own life. The first season of Girls was filmed between April and August The third season, which contained 12 episodes as opposed to the previous seasons' 10 episodes, ran from January 12, , to March 23, The fourth season of the series started filming in April and premiered on January 11, Girls ' sixth and final season concluded on April 16, , culminating in a total of 62 episodes.
When Girls premiered in , it made an immediate and long-lasting impression. Both of these initial impressions were understandable but, as Girls approaches its sixth and final season, it turns out that neither was correct. Instead, Girls has proven to be the more adventurous, surprising and ultimately more influential TV programme. Female ensemble shows have traditionally striven for universal appeal. Even great reviews will be like: chubby, portly, overweight. Dunham was painting an often unflattering portrait of a young, educated, artistic, self-obsessed individual existing in a narrow world, something the likes of Larry David and Louis CK — both of whom she claims as influences — made careers of, but something that was less expected from female creators of TV comedies.
Shortly after the election, for no particular reason, I lifted a small set of arbitrary restrictions that I had previously imposed on my life. I started putting half-and-half in my coffee instead of drinking it black. I started using emoji instead of forcing myself to communicate in words. On Sunday, those characters will exit the series in much the same way that they began it, treating life like a prepaid, vaguely disappointing all-you-can-eat buffet. Watching the series all at once, I kept thinking that its greatest artistic success was responsible for its major critical handicap: the show was so well-written, so carefully directed, and so attuned to a narrow type of rarely-seen-before verisimilitude that some portion of its audience simply lost the ability to distinguish it from real life. Was Lena-as-Hannah attractive? Is the world of rich white girls fundamentally racist?
Showgirls is a erotic drama film written by Joe Eszterhas and directed by Paul Verhoeven. The film centers on a "street-smart" drifter who ventures to Las Vegas and climbs the seedy hierarchy from stripper to showgirl. In the United States , the film was rated NC for "nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, some graphic language, and sexual violence. This edited version runs 3 minutes shorter minutes and deletes some of the more graphic footage. Despite being consistently ranked as one of the worst films ever made , Showgirls has become regarded as a cult classic , was released on Blu-ray in June and has even been subject to critical re-evaluation, with some notable directors and critics declaring it a serious satire worthy of praise.