Monthly Archives: January 2009

R.I.P., John Updike

From his expression and the pitch of his voice, the boy is shouting into a fierce wind blowing from his father’s direction. “Don’t die, Dad, don’t!” he cries, then sits back with that question still on his face, and his dark wet eyes shining like stars of a sort. Harry shouldn’t leave the question hanging […]

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Tim Kreider, Funniest Man Alive, presents "All Yours": Bush to Obama

Artist’s Statement by Timothy Kreider (The reduced image at left hardly does Tim’s work justice; and you surely should click here to see the piece in all its glory.) If all goes according to plan like it never does, this will be my last overtly political cartoon. I just got back from Inauguration last night. […]

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Hot Pockets!

After last nights’ season premiere of LOST, I was put in mind of Jim Gaffigan’s classic bit:

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Hope and Change: "LOST" Season five

This week has been a dramatic and historic moment in the life of our country, with change and hope at large in the land. I refer of course to the Season 5 premiere of LOST last night. My favorite blogger on all things TV is Alan Sepinwall of the Newark Star Ledger– who got his […]

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Why We Will Miss the Idiot, George Bush

Today is the last day of the Bush Administration. Two cheers! Still, as our man sets about the business of screwing up whatever he has possibly still left unscrewed in these last twenty-four hours, I can’t help but suspect that we will come to miss the man, this poor, hapless imbecile. For the last twenty-eight […]

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"I Want to Wake Up."

“I Want to Wake Up”A Speech to the National Press ClubBy Jennifer Finney Boylan The upcoming combination of MLK Day and Obama’s inauguration made me think about this speech, originally given at the National Press Club in May 2007. Hope you’ll forgive the re-tweet (sic) but these words mean a lot to me. The text […]

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Protest the Paritioning of Mordor!

MINAS TIRITH (A.P.) – August 28. United States Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice today announced a plan for the partition of Mordor. The U.S. led invasion, which led to the toppling of the Dark Lord, Sauron, has been bogged down since the liberation of the Land of Shadow, as insurgent orcs, Balrogs, and Fighting Uruk-Hai […]

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America’s New-boyfriend Troubles….

I was excited last week when I got an invitation to a party over at America’s house. For one thing, I was looking forward to seeing what the new place looked like. She has lived in a LOT of houses, over the years, and some of them you wouldn’t wish on Antarctica. Not like Antarctica […]

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Twelve Sounds of Maine Winter

One is the woomph of a frozen pond. The water moves beneath the ice and the whole lake goes werrrp, a deep, warping groan, like something from outer space. The dogs stand at the edge of the ice, snow on their black ears, and growl at it. Two is the plow guy, doing the driveway […]

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Tell Me What I Say…

I got “What’d I Say” by Ray Charles on the box here, early morning Maine. Bright sunshine, house empty but for me, D. at work, boys to school. Today Thing One (who gets to choose the music on the way TO school) introduced me to “Scars on Broadway,” which would be the solo album of […]

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  • The Boylan Family, summer 2010

    DSC_0063 "You hang around our family, you learn all kinds of stuff."
  • Will Forte as Jennifer Finney Boylan on “Saturday Night Live”

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  • Jenny with Barbara Walters, December, 2008

  • Jenny atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin

    2036947979_34bfbec240 August, 2002.
  • Surrounded

    boylanWith President Clinton and Maine's Governor John Baldacci, fall 2006.
  • JFB and Edward Albee


    Edward had been my teacher at Johns Hopkins in the winter of 1986. He visited Colby in fall, 2007. As we took our leave of each other, he kissed me on both cheeks and said, "We have done well. You and I."

  • Jenny and her teacher, the great John Barth


    Jack was my professor at JHU when I did my thesis, back in the day. After many years, I can now confidently say I finally understand his definition of plot. Which is, of course, "the perturbation of an unstable homeostatic system and its catastrophic restoration to a new and complexified equilibrium."