Monthly Archives: February 2010

See what the boys in the backroom will have

My philosophy of life, in a nutshell:

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James Boylan Live at Wesleyan University, April 1980

In April of 1980, young James Boylan played the West College Coffeehouse at Wesleyan University.  The evening consisted of a bunch of original tunes, a couple of Fairport Convention covers, and a wide range of strange jams, non-sequiters, and complete nonsense.  Boylan performed on piano, concertina, and electric autoharp. Now, thirty years later, the original […]

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On Salinger, and the public life of writers

This piece of mine, written Friday, appears on today’s (Monday) op/ed page of the New York Times. Raise High the P.R. Blitz by Jennifer Finney Boylan THE national bereavement over the death of J. D. Salinger provided a strangely public moment in the career of a writer who’d become best known, in recent years, for […]

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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."