20-Somethings Think About Death, Too

Given her willingness to talk about any topic, it’s perhaps no surprise that writer and TV star Lena Dunham experiences more flashes of what she calls “mortality awareness” than the average 20-something. But thoughts of death are not reserved for the aged.

In this edited excerpt from her book Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham declares she’s been “obsessed with death since I was born”; she recounts, with even humorous detail, experiencing the death of her grandmother; and shares some of the conversations she and her father have had about how the idea of death shifts something in life.