They have equally great smiles.
But this is not exactly what I'm getting at in asking what these two people of different ages, genders, nationalities, writing styles and career trajectories have in common. Rather, my purpose in bringing together these otherwise randomly matched people here, is to suggest that what they have most in common currently is me, or, to be more precise, the fact that I am reading their books simultaneously, as one does when torn between reading (and trying to write) quality, timeless, home-grown literature and cutting-edge, warts-and-all, female feminist memoir.
And, apparently, I am so torn, although I didn't exactly know I was until I found myself reading these writers' work simultaneously and not being able to settle into either book (Carey's Illywhacker, 1985, and Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl, 2014) for long, before feeling distracted by the other author, nagging me to make the switch back.
It's most unsettling I must say for someone with bi-polar tendencies as it is, and I would not recommend you try it at home. That said, I would recommend both books.
So, in conclusion, what these two writers have most in common is the fact that they are nothing at all like me, in knowing who they are and what they want. I have better legs, however; the ultimate asset for a writer.