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PhD candidate in English Liz Maynes-Aminzade tells us about her theory of "Macro-Realism," fiction that helps its readers understand their own place in a complex and changing world, and which relates prestige television shows like The Wire to novels like Bleak House. We also discuss a smaller-scale television show: Lena Dunham's Girls. A year after the show's debut, has it fulfilled its promise to be the voice of a generation?