Monthly Archives: March 2009

Coronet Blue

In the summer of 1967, I was totally entranced by this show, “Coronet Blue.” The plot was about a fella who wakes up after an attempted drowning with no idea who he is. The only thing he remembers is the phrase “Coronet Blue.” So he goes about trying to figure out who he is. Maybe […]

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Seattle, 3/20/09: "My Avatar"

Well, the piece rocked. This is going to be a quick summary, as I’m now back on crash deadline for the new book, but the event in Seattle was life-changing for me, and not only because i got to share the stage with two very cool performers and writers, Vikram Chandra and Christa Bell. INtegrating […]

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My Avatar: JB in Seattle, March 20-21

It’s off to Seattle for me this week, where I’ll be doing two events for the Richard Hugo House, the city’s center for the arts and a home for writers and artists of all stripes. Among the houses’ many activities is staging various literary stunts from time to time, and this weekend, three writers, including […]

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Even Watchmen Get the Blues

So how about that big blue penis? According to a few of my children’s friends, the Watchmen movie gives new meaning to the phrase “weekend gross”. At issue is the character of Jon Osterman, a physicist who, after a radioactive mishap, becomes a glowing omniscient demigod named Dr. Manhattan, who performs most of his business […]

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JB, The Opera: Part 2. "When I was a lad…."

My life as Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta, part 2; part 1 is a few posts down… When I was a lad I stole a braFrom my sisters drawer and I went Ta-Da!I pranced all around and I went Boo-HooAnd I stuck my giant foot into a size six shoe! (chorus: )She stuck her giant foot […]

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You Will Not Die; It’s Not Poison

A re-tweet (sic) from MHB and Helen B.’s Transgroup Blog. Worth repeating. This was in response to adiscussion of “What have you lost during gender transition?” The folks over there have a variety of experiences– some of them appear to have lost nothing and improved their lives; others have lost family, jobs, homes, the Full […]

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I Am the Very Model of an M to F Transsexual

I am the very model of an M to F TranssexualI’ve changed my sex in Canada and Belgium and in Mex-u-alEach day I read my Vouge and Cosmo and my Glamour-yI’ve silicone and saline in my most expensive mammary. I’m very well acquainted, too, with matters theoreticalI find J. Michael Bailey and his ilk so […]

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Shillington’s Favorite Son

A fond, short remembrance of John Updike by Charles Osgoode.

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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."