A Times editor ponders the best cultural reference to insert into a story about Brooklyn
In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened, in 1898 Brooklyn was incorporated into New York City, in 2012 the Nets came to Brooklyn and in April of that year borough’s first artisanal mayonnaise store finally opened. But none of those matter because the real marker of a new era of Brooklyn came two years ago when HBO dropped Girls into the world. At least that’s according to the New York Times, who have found the need to use the show as the defining cultural benchmark of modern Brooklyn, in stories about abusive landlords, political intrigue, bar reviews and last week’s story on middle class newcomers being priced out of Brooklyn. Despite the fact that Girls has only existed for 29 months, the show has popped up in 15 articles the Times has written about Brooklyn, proving that you can’t spell Brooklyn without G-I-R-L-S. (more…)
The face you make when you have to settle for your second choice
Last week, we were joking about the idea of HBO using Ditmas Park as a stand-in for Iowa in the new season of Girls, the way cheap producers use Toronto and Vancouver for New York. We discounted it though, because we wanted to believe that Marnie’s character arc requires her to use kung fu. But, sadly, another dispatch from Ditmas Park Corner puts that hope to sleep, as they report being told that Ditmas Park is being used to rep Iowa. Looks like the “first TV comedy to recognize South Brooklyn’s existence” race is wide open again. (more…)
Girls may have ended their third season looking like Hannah would choose the “MFA” side of the MFA vs. NYC argument and and head off to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, but we all knew the show wouldn’t just be packing up and moving there. Especially with the University of Iowa saying “No fucking way,” to the show’s request to film on campus. And lo and behold, they’re coming crawling back already, but far away from the show’s usual stomping grounds, with Ditmas Park Corner noticing that the show will be filming in the neighborhood on Thursday and Friday this week. Bring your autograph books/noisemakers, depending on where you fall on the pro vs. anti Girls spectrum. (more…)
SNL‘s Sasheer Zamata has joked about giving her own Girls tours and so have other people. But now, we’ve got an update one year after On Location threatened us with a Girls bus tour, and it looks like we’re one step closer to people who getting a tour guide to take them to places like Prospect Heights and Greenpoint and the uh…Gawker offices. We’ve officially gone from the “idea” stage to the “unnamed sources at HBO confirm” stage. Next up: Some doofus with a camera wanting to snap your picture while you stumble home on your walk of shame! (more…)
Silly Matthew McConaughey, that’s not a TV! via Facebook
If you want to keep up with what everyone is talking about nowadays, you have to talk to them about Important TV, especially if it’s on HBO. Sure you could try to talk to people about Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Archer, but all people want to talk about is True Detective or Girls. And since you don’t have HBO or someone’s HBOGo password, Williamsburg (and Beer Book) bar The Graham (151 Meserole Street) is rescuing you by screening the shows for free every Sunday. (more…)
If you’re like me, you’ve taken a hard pass on these Olympics, what with them being handed over to an autocratic meme with a hard-on for jailing gays. But, the Oympics are happening, so at least someone out there is having fun with them, by re-imagining the top-notch athletes at Sochi being played by Girls‘ Shoshannah Shapiro, with a Tumblr called Shoshi Games 2014. It’s been a big year for Shosh, what with dumping Ray to get busy sowing her wild oats, only to see him wind up with Marnie. And apparently, she’s also been bobsledding. We’ve got a couple of our favorites below, but do be sure to check out the whole blog for the rest. (more…)
If you’re a comedian, you might think that once you’ve made it onto Saturday Night Live your career is on easy street. Well, not so if this video by new cast member Sasheer Zamata, in which she gives unofficial Girls tours, is to be believed. OK, so actually it’s just a silly skit where she takes on the persona of “Madison” a Girls fanatic and Oberlin graduate who gives unofficial walking tours. We mean it when we say this is silly (“I saw Lena Dunham cross the street at Bedford Avenue and I developed a heart murmur. So now I have a robot heart.”), but we kinda wish Zamata wasn’t so busy with SNL because we’d actually love to get a Girls tour from her. And, like all Girls parodies, this is way funnier than Robots.
When editor Dave’s away, the girls will play. Dave is also my housemate—I know, live-in Brokelyn, can you imagine?—so it’s also girls week, except without the sanctioned hash tag, at my crib. I’m blasting pump-up girly jams instead of his garden variety garage rock, that I sing my own personalized lyrics to, like Robyn (“I keep writing on my own!”) and M.I.A. (“Blog fast die young broke girls do it well”). All I know is, this week, I’m gonna be the one falling asleep on the couch in front of the laptop (it’s called mac-elepsy), dammit, like the blogging soldier I am inside, now fully realized.
My co-guest-editor for the week, Camille, isn’t over here lounging with me in the Dave-free zone, but every now and then we call each other to check in, “Sup, girl? #Girlsweek” and then hang up. My two girl roommates and I, plus my girl dog, are celebrating our temporary liberation from the masculine gaze by peeing with the door open, not wearing pants (actually we’ve had a pretty open no-pants policy since move-in) syncing up our periods, and other girl stuff—like last night, watching the proper noun version of our sex, “Girls,” season 3 premiere, using ___’s account on HBOGo. Actually I watched it alone in bed with my dog, but it’s nice to mythologize us all huddled together on the shoddy futon, watching the feckless foursome fuck it up and then some. But if you don’t have either, HBO just posted both episodes online for free. (more…)
While nowhere in Brooklyn seems to have a public screening this upcoming Sunday, luckily, you can travel to Manhattan for Girls’ January 12th premiere! And who knows, you may actually meet some superfan there who shells out for HBO and will be willing to host your Girls viewing parties. (more…)
Zosia Mamet’s first line in the new Girls trailer is “It’s really amazing that the three of you have accomplished so little in the four years since college.” So in case you were worried the show wasn’t going to be self-aware, well, there you go. (more…)