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Lena Dunham Shares Intimate and Romantic Personal Letter to Jack Antonoff

Week 14 of Miranda July’s ‘We Think Alone’ asks participants to send a sad email

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: September 30th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News

Lena Dunham Shares Intimate and Romantic Personal Letter to Jack Antonoff

Miranda July’s ‘We Think Alone’ project has provided readers intimate access to the lives of public figures for 14 weeks now. This week’s installment asked celebrity participants to share “a sad email.”

While Kirsten Dunst, Sheila Heti, and the Rodarte sisters sent short, non-revealing, notes, ‘Girls’ creator, Lena Dunham, bravely provided a personal email sent to boyfriend, Jack Antonoff (of fun. fame), describing her strong feelings for him during a trip to India.

Read the entire email below:

Dearest Baby,

I'm trying to keep a journal on this trip. Historically I have done really poorly with a journal. The idea of writing without an audience seemed futile at best and like a bad voice over on a cancelled ABC show at worst. When I was little I left my journal out, open, for my parents to find (then hid behind the counter waiting for them to read it so I could be incensed.) But somehow my book makes every piece of writing feel as though it has an eventual home (maybe that's how your album feels?) and gives record-keeping a kind of fullness it never had before. Which is good, because my old move was to write these long belabored emails to people at home and find a way to enjoy my travels by imagining them imagining me enjoying my travels. I think I can enjoy my travels on my own this time, but I did have one revelation:

I was walking through a beautiful Indian garden this morning (Lodi garden! The oldest in the city! It looks like if someone crushed Versailles with a giant Doc Marten) and passed a big green pond with a dozen disorderly swans. All the old people in my party were cooing about the swans but I was focused on this young couple, late teens or early twenties, curled up on a bench talking really animatedly. We spent 40 minutes walking around the garden and when we circled back they were still there, chatting like fiends. And And I thought of you, like always, and I felt I could spend four days on a bench with you and it wouldn't be enough time to hear all the stories you have to tell-- I literally want to know everything you have ever seen and what you felt like while you were seeing it. And I will be so much better my whole life for knowing those things.

I love you,

Lena

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