Monthly Archives: July 2009

A New York Minute

• Amtrak train pulled into New York as my iPod coughed up “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.” “My own seeds shall be sown in new York city.” Cool. • At the Met, had a conversation with the portrait of the woman looking out at us with a sad, lovely expression, pens in hand; over her shoulder […]

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“Love” Reading, Barnes & Noble New York, July 30, 2009

The reading last night for the LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD anthology was a fine event. Editor Michael Taeckens introduced the host, Russ Marshalek, who in turn introduced each of us with an excerpt from “Love Secrets from Delilah.” Nice.  Then Josh Kilmer-Purcell read from “Twenty-five to One Odds,” I read from “Trans,” and […]

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At the Battery, july 30, 2009

All misty eyed at the statue of liberty. And to the right, Ellis island, where mom came through. What did she think America would be, when she first saw it?

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“Love” launch party at Housingworks…

The launch party for Love is a Four Letter Word at Housingworks ROCKED. With Dan Kennedy hosting, tantalyzing story excerpts from Wendy McClure, Said Sayrafiezadeh, Maud Newton, and Amanda Stern. Plus saw friend and NYer cartoonist Emily Flake,collection editor Michael Taeckens, and Galleycat’s Ron Hogan, and all the proceeds go to AIDS research & support. […]

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Reminder: JB at 2 events in NYC this week!

Calling all cars… calling all cars… be on the lookout for Jenny Boylan, in the Borough of Manhattan, Wed. and Thurs. nights this week; at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a launch party 7/29 and a READING at the 82nd Street and Broadway Barnes and noble on 7/30. Both events in support of anthology LOVE […]

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Love is a Four Letter Word in today’s Daily Beast

From the Daily Beast: In Love is a Four Letter Word, an irresistible new breakup anthology, 23 writers including Junot Diaz and Jennifer Finney Boylan depict romantic heartache and headache in full-frontal nakedness. It can come during one of those loud late-night phone calls fueled by booze and bile that leave no insult unspoken. Or […]

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First look at the cover for FALCON QUINN and the BLACK MIRROR

Okay, so check out the cover of FALCON QUINN and the BLACK MIRROR, coming from HarperCollins in summer of 2010. (Amazing to me what a long lead time there is in Young Adult Books.).  Anyway, this is by legendary illustrator Brandon Dorman, who’s done a ton of great work– most famously, perhaps, for the GOOSEBUMPS […]

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Walter Cronkite: Speechless

In the wake of Walter Cronkite’s death, there’s been a lot of thoughtful commentary about the way “Grampa” channeled history for us– at least for those of us of a certain age. I’m 51, so the CBS Evening News was a constant throughout my childhood. I remember Cronkite announcing the deaths of RFK, and MLK, […]

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“Isn’t it Outrageous?” by Tim Kreider

My friend Tim Kreider has posted up his most recent column for the New York Times’ blog series, “Happy Days.” This one’s called “Isn’t It Outrageous?” and it’s about the dark little secret– that we actually like, sometimes, the sense of being enraged. “Isn’t It Outrageous?” by Timothy Kreider Originally published New York Times, July […]

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The Black Sheep’s Guide to Grace

July 17, 2009 When I was twenty I climbed onto the roof of an abandoned building with two friends on an October day and a few moments later we were surrounded by thousands of starlings, all migrating to the South.  We had not expected to find birds in flight when we climbed on to that […]

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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."