Monthly Archives: August 2009

The best day.

Yesterday, August 28, was a clear, sparkling late-summer day in Maine and I decided to seize it by dropping everything and driving up to the Bigelow Range and hiking the “Iron Triangle”– the “Horns” trail up to the Appalachian Trail, the A.T. across the Bigelow ridge to West Peak, and down the Firewarden’s Trail and […]

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LOVE in USA Today

Michael Taeckens spoke of three stories–including mine–in todays USA Today: “Romance is a dangerous distraction,” editor Michael Taeckens writes in the introduction to Love Is a Four-Letter Word: True Stories of Breakups, Bad Relationships, and Broken Hearts (Plume paperback original, 297 pp., $16). He spoke with USA TODAY’s about some of the book’s true stories […]

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Stop Socialism!

Found this on En\gender. Thanks Helen!

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Greetings from Belgrade Lakes, Maine

Summer is fleeting in Maine, but gorgeous.  Today’s blog post is just a few snapshots from the last week or two. This is the blueberry barren atop Vienna mountain (pronounced, VY-enna).  I ride my mountain bike up here, no easy task, at least not for me.  No eatin’ the berries, alas, as the farmer up […]

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Steven King’s ON WRITING…

On Writing by Stephen King My rating: 5 of 5 stars Steven King’s ON WRITING is part memoir, part Elements of Style; it’s also one of the most modest, generous, thoughtful, and succinct books on fiction writing I’ve ever read. Most how-to books on writing are full of blarney and mustard; Steve’s book focuses on […]

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My Congressional District on COLBERT REPORT! featuring Rep. Chellie Pingree

Well, the Colbert Report, in its ongoing “Better Know a District” segment, paid a visit to our own Maine First yesterday, featuring an interview with Rep. Chellie Pingree. Personally, I still miss Congressman Tom Allen, who gave up the seat to run against Sen. Susan Collins last year– but Chellie holds her own– sort of– […]

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Boylans on Oprah

The Oprah show that my family and I were on last spring re-runs today, Monday, I believe. You could check it out if you wanted. The good news is that we were among “Oprah’s Most Memorable Guests.” The bad news is that the other “memorable’ guests included lying Ted Haggard, the Texas Polygamist Wives, the […]

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Writers’ workbench: On the ecstasy of the home stretch

So here I am, late summer, deep in the heart of the first draft of a new book. I’m in that euphoric, terrifying, mysterious frame of mind that arises when the end of the draft is almost in sight. I try to write about 1000 words a day, which translates to about four pages of […]

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The Passing of the Armies by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Yesterday, at a party for Maine Writers and Publishers, former Maine governor Angus King read the following memoir extract of Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who started out the Civil War as a college professor and ended it as a general.  It was Chamberlain whom Grant selected to receive the surrender of the Confederate army after […]

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Breaking Up With Myself

I wrote the following very short entry for the Penguin Blog in support of my story, “Trans,” in the anthology LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD, which is about broken hearts and breakups. The entry I post herewith; the blog itself you can visit here, if you want, and read more from the other authors […]

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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."