Monthly Archives: December 2009

History Channel Episode on JB to air 12/30

There will be a History Channel episode on Dec. 30, at 11 PM that addresses the life of one Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan. The series is “Strange Rituals” and the episode is “Beyond Sex.” This was taped two years ago– but I remember the producer, Deborah Blum, being very smart and thoughtful. Here’s the description […]

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Holiday greetings from the boylans

(Postscript: thirteen has been a kind of amazing year for sean, my accompanist in this piece. By way of contrast, you could check out what he looked and sounded like only one year ago, in the same piece of argle-bargle generated for xmas 08. And Zach, seated to my left in the video below, is […]

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On Anxiety & Writing: from Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro ‘s blog about writing, “Moments of Being,” is one of the smartest destinations in the blogoverse.  Here’s the opening of a piece about Anxiety, and how it is the enemy of good work: “Of all the mental states one might find oneself in when sitting down to write, anxiety may very well be […]

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An Xmas Memory: The Night Visitor

By Christmas 1966—the year of the great snowstorm–my Uncle Al had disappeared.  No one knew what had become of him– whether he’d finally fallen in love, or if he’d been overwhelmed by one of the deep despairs that plagued him throughout his life, or if he’d finally run into trouble during his endless travels throughout […]

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On Mike Penner, by Sara Davis Buechner

This short piece on the suicide of Mike Penner/Christine Daniels was written by Sara Davis Buechner. Thanks to Helen Boyd for getting permission for the reprint.  A piece on Sara’s transition was published in the Times about three weeks ago. On Mike Penner / Christine Daniels 30 November 2009 About two weeks ago I was […]

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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."