Notes from the Margins: The Mindy Project–A Once in a Decade Opportunity

Each week in Notes From the Margins, D.L. Mayfield writes about the kingdom of God, marginalized people groups, and popular culture.The show Girls gets a whole lot of attention in the media world. Lena Dunheim, hailed for her emotional honesty and clear-headedness when it comes to body image, is at the top of the pack of in-demand writers and performers. Critically acclaimed and successful, Dunheim has hit the jackpot. She is funny, unapologetic, driven, and smart. Lena Dunheim is one of a … [Read more...]

What HBO’s “Girls” Gets Right About Sex and Intimacy

In HBO’s “Girls,” currently wrapping up its second season, 26 year old writer, director, and actor Lena Dunham offers a refreshing - if sometimes painful to watch - view of female sexuality.  Unlike the glossy, airbrushed twentysomethings who headline most sitcoms, Dunham cuts a disheveled, average-sized figure - and she’s not afraid to bare it.  In the search for intimacy and connection, Dunham’s Hannah Horvath is willing to try almost anything with almost any specimen of man.Despite the amo … [Read more...]

Girls, Cults, and Healing Past Wounds

Christopher Owens is a former member of Children of God, a religious sect most people consider to be a cult. Owens is now the lead singer and main songwriter for the critically acclaimed band Girls, who recently released a new album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Listening to other tracks off of their new album, like the happy-go-lucky, Beach Boy-influenced tune "Honey Bunny," I’d never have guessed at Owens's dark past. But as I listened further, I realized that the band’s exploration of such a wide … [Read more...]