Monthly Archives: January 2010

On heading north, from Stuart Little by E.B. White

“Which direction are you headed? [the repairman] asked. “North,” said Stuart. “North is nice,” said the repairman. “I’ve always enjoyed going north. Of course, south-west is a fine direction, too.” “Yes, I suppose it is,” said Stuart, thoughtfully. “And there’s east,” continued the repairman. “I once had an interesting experience on an easterly course. Do [...]

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the son of the invisible man

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the hot dog factory

Hilarious and amazing.

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Health Care Bills: Explained by Adorable Puppy.

Found on Andrew Sullivan’s blog at the Atlantic. An adorable puppy explains what the Health Care Bills actually do.

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The Naked and the Confused by Kate Roiphe

Kate Roiphe writes about changing attitudes about sex in the new generation of male writers.  From the NYT Sunday Book Review, January 3, 2010. For a literary culture that fears it is on the brink of total annihilation, we are awfully cavalier about the Great Male Novelists of the last century. It has become popular [...]

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Jon Stewart and George Carlin

Saw this posted on Andrew Sullivan’s blog at the Atlantic.  A much younger Stewart, and an immortal Carlin:

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Mary Karr’s LIT

I received Mary Karr’s LIT for Xmas and fell deeply into it over the course of the next several days.  And when I was done I had that wonderful, awful sense of completion and bereavement, knowing that there was no more. So immediately started re-reading it. One of the best books I’ve read this year. [...]

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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

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  • 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

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    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

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    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."