Hannah and Her Siblings

Girls finds more than one voice in its generation

The most famous line of Girls' Season 1 was also its most misread. "I may be the voice of my generation," said Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham). "Or at least a voice, of a generation." That the line was spoken by a character psychosomatically high on opium tea should have been a hint not to take it entirely literally.

Instead, fans and haters alike took Hannah at her word. For Girls-ophiles, creator-writer Dunham was a pop-culture-soaked Kerouac of the millennials. For detractors, the show was entitlement embodied: a privileged cast (many of them kids of celebrities) playacting a world of, by and...

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