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Beware the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

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Lena Dunham’s funny self-help manual, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned, just sold last week to Random House (in a bidding war for more than $3.5 million) and probably won’t hit stores for at least a year—but it’s already all over the Curve, with people simultaneously anticipating it, decrying it, and defending it. Meanwhile, cultural products that actually exist are finding it easier to build consensus, like Nashville (TV’s best new country-music drama), Argo (early Oscar front-runner), and Looper (fun but a little incomprehensible).



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