The 'Girls' creator tells EW about surprise releasing 'Is It Evil Not to Be Sure?'

By Dana Getz
Updated May 18, 2016 at 06:46 PM EDT
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On Tuesday, Lena Dunham delighted the literary world by unveiling a surprise collection of her college diary entries. The 56-page chapbook, Is It Evil Not To Be Sure?, spans journals she kept between 2005 and 2006, tracing the adventures of a “woefully misguided girl.”

Dunham tells EW she unearthed the narratives while derailed from work during her painful battle with endometriosis, deciding they deserved a public reveal. “I was like, ‘I’m kind of proud of myself.’ Even if I was misguided for trying so hard to be radically in touch with my own emotional life, I hope that it can serve as at least amusement or maybe some inspiration for other women,” she says.

And the internet seems to agree. Her stories were an insta-hit online, selling out all 2,000 limited edition copies within an hour. Dunham says she may do another print version down the line, but for now, she’s reveling in the intimacy of its special release.

“I love the idea of books as something precious,” she says. “Not books as mass market, but books as something special and secret that friends trade with each other.”

In the meantime, Is It Evil Not to Be Sure? is currently available as an eBook.