At age 19, Lena Dunham wrote in to Time Out New York's sex columnist to ask about losing her virginity. Nine years later, there doesn't seem to be anyone left in the city without an opinion about her. The creator of Girls (and NYC native) is not only a cultural lightning rod—she’s become the face of pop culture. So in this week’s issue, we recruit Dunham’s BFF, Girls showrunner Jenni Konner, to grill her about Taylor Swift, feminism and the Bill Cosby controversy. Plus: Dunham answers readers’ questions in a bonus video interview.
And in featuring the pop icon on our cover, it was only fitting to give her the most New York of looks: a Pop Art screen print in the style of Andy Warhol. Curious about how it was created? Check out these behind-the-scenes photos of our shoot and screen printing process.
This week, we also look into why it's become so difficult to be a rising MC in New York's hip-hop scene, and bring you a guide to finding amazing eats in unexpected places (like car washes and underground caves). Plus, we interview shock-rock Satanist Marilyn Manson, and give five stars to Find Me—a new novel by Laura van den Berg—as well as the El Greco exhibitions at the Frick and Metropolitan Museum.
Should be enough to keep your spirits high during this January cold.