If you're relatively tuned in to modern feminist culture or art, you've probably heard of Lenny Letter, which is an email newsletter published by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.
In the weeks leading up to the first "issue," it was a bit unclear as to what kind of shape it would take, but now that it's in full swing, you can see that Lenny Letter is an ongoing writing project that is full of amazing letters, interviews and features by everyone from Wendy Davis to Jennifer Lawrence, from Hillary Clinton to Gloria Steinem, and of course, Lena Dunham herself. Sometimes while reading these letter, I think to myself, "I hope Lena Dunham realizes how lucky she is." You have to be a certain kind of famous to sit down and interview Gloria Steinem about her mother and concha belts, among other things. It's amazing that they have been able to round up these powerful women and, perhaps even more so, that people as busy as Hillary Clinton actually take the time to contribute a piece to what is a relatively new and alternative journalism venture.
Another cool thing about Lenny Letter it often consists of long form writing (relatively speaking). Most email newsletters, blog posts and things many of us read are SO short, and even anything more than a few paragraphs seems oddly out of place. Sitting down to one Lenny Letter requires some attention, maybe about 20 minutes if you're not distracting yourself with other internet tabs. In the world of scrolling through Instagram, 20 minutes is a lot of time.
My favorite thing about Lenny Letter though, besides the great content, is the illustration. I first noticed that Lena Dunham is a fan of illustration, when she hired Joana Avillez to provide illustrations for Not That Kind of Girl, which really enhanced the experience of reading it for me.
Each letter is accompanied by a really stunning illustration. These are just a few of my favorites. My friend Adelia and I were talking the other night about how Lenny Letter should probably be put into print at some point, like the Rookie Yearbooks. I would not be surprised if that was in the works.