Monthly Archives: February 2009

The After and the Before Pictures, Venetian Edition

High above the Pallazo San Marco, Venice, Italy, spring of 2004, on assignment for Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The Italians thought I was German. Two different fellas greeted me with, Buona sera, Fraulein, which is a mouthful. Venice is probably my favorite city in the world, and I am spending all my days and nights […]

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Two Women of Vastly Differing Sizes

Herself and Barbara Walters. December 2008. Of all the media stuff I’ve done, nobody came to an interview having done more homework than BW. She treated me with respect and intelligence. Way cool. Alas the only photographic record of the encounter, outside of the 20/20 episode itself (largely consumed by the insatiable and ever-ravenous Pregnant […]

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This is fairly self explanatory.

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Richard Hugo House interviews Jenny Boylan

JB to perform at Richard Hugo House in Seattle on March 20 & 21st; here’s an interview Hugo House did with me in advance of the performance, which will be at Seattle Town Hall, and which is on the subject, “My Avatar.” Hugo House: In a couple of months you will debut a brand-new piece […]

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Loss & Love

Two different events are in my heart today, one happy, one sad. The sad news is that the economic worldwide meltdown has hit very close to home– yesterday, HarperCollins publishers fired 100 people, including the editor of my new book, Brenda Bowen, and everyone who works at her imprint, Bowen Books. It was a truly […]

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JB at Ursinus College: February 13th, 2009, 7 PM

Hey everybody. I wanted to note I’ll be doing three readings this spring, the first of which is this coming Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Ursinus College, in Collegeville, PA, which is just over the city limits of Philadelphia, I believe. Their web site is here, and I presume contains information on how to get […]

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The Day the Gazungas Died: True Story of Boylan, Buddy Holly, Don McLean, and Rick Russo

A true story about a party at Don McLean’s house this fall. I was there with a bunch of other Maine writers; Don and his wife were hosting a benefit for the Maine Writers & Publishers’ Alliance. I made smalltalk with our host and he was generous and pleasant in every way. At the end […]

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Jenny Boylan nominates Randy Newman, American composer, for Man of the Hour

Jenny Boylan’s Man of the Hour for February 2nd, 2009 is American composer Randy Newman. Born on November 28, 1943, Newman has written great rock and roll tunes, not to mention providing the scores for dozens of films. My favorite aspect of Newman’s work is the way he assumes a persona other than his own […]

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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."