A Voice Within.
Awake, ye damsels; hear my cry,
Calling my Chosen; hearken ye!
Who speaketh? Oh, what echoes thus?
A Voice, a Voice, that calleth us!
Be of good cheer! Lo, it is I,
The Child of Zeus and Semelê.
O Master, Master, it is Thou!
O Holy Voice, be with us now!
Spirit of the Chained Earthquake,
Hear my word; awake, awake!
- Euripides "The Bacchae"
from the Baltimore Sun
As if it weren't enough that Lena Dunham, the 26-year-old writing/directing/acting phenom who started a revolution this year with her HBO series "Girls," scored a $3.5-million book deal and has been granted the unofficial but unimpeachable title of "voice of her generation," she also appears to have won the presidential election — or at least to have been one of the driving forces behind the guy who did.
In a much-talked-about campaign video for the president, Ms. Dunham used her signature combination of cheeky irony and shocking forthrightness to compare first-time voting to first-time sex. "Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody," she says to her presumably young, presumably mostly female audience. "You want to do it with a great guy.... Someone who really cares about and understands women."
Though the video, which immediately went viral, sent some conservatives into convulsions, it also appears to have worked. As the exit polls showed, it was women, particularly single women, who were among the most instrumental in putting President Barack Obama over the top: 67 percent of them voted for him, according to an NBC exit poll.
From the womb all madness comes
ere it shines like the Sun
burning my skin
Mystery hounds my head into wilds
Where Jealous women Bleed death
How you midwife Abortion!
The song bleeds Madness
Through the hymen
Into e'ery hymn it flows
Song's blood severs my Head
Past the hymn, thoughtless, dead
We list in cloudy water
- Pentheus -