Look, I realize there's a lotta great writers out there, but this woman writes dialogue that should make us (meaning writers) drool; it's so painfully, comically real. Her characters talk brutal truth about themselves and it's funny as all get-out. Plus she even has the titanium cohones to risk alienating her youngish, boho audience by constantly implying that youngish bohos, including herself, are pathetically, cravenly self-obsessed. I suspect this is why she repeatedly shows us her custardly derierre, which is nothing less than a finely tuned comic instrument. That's right, I'm saying her tuchas is a prop -- like Durante's hat or Chaplin's cane. The greatest use what God gave them. Just ask Gleason.
But did I mention Lena's the next Woody? Well, she is. She even gives herself a string of good-looking boyfriends to compete with Woody's gallingly young paramours. And she beats Woody when it comes to making fun of herself. Yeah, she's the unrivaled queen of self-crit ,and she deftly uses it to reel us in. She wins our respect by putting herself down first, middle and last.
And I don't know about you, dear reader, but I can't enjoy re-runs of Sex & the City anymore now that I know what real sex in the city is like. Apparently it's painful and humiliating. I'm thinking of the scene where one of Hannah's gorgeous pals (I forget their names) has an incredibly bracing sexual experience with Hannah's ex and finds herself lying on his bed, pulling up her blouse and muttering, "I didn't like that." It's a compelling moment of self-realization -- for her and us. Of course Carrie Bradshaw would never have let herself get in that position. But then Darren Starr, despite all his talent, would never have put her there. And Lena did.
So just to review, I said Girls is better than The City and Lena's the new Woody. And I hate her for it. In fact, I'm in a jealous rage and tearing up every script I ever wrote. But I'm declaring my admiration for Lena because great work needs great praise and we writers gotta acknowledge the best among us, no matter the package.