Monthly Archives: June 2010

Tim Kreider in NERVE, on New York and “Home”

My dear friend Tim Kreider has a piece in Nerve about New York, Baltimore, and the search for home: Welcome by Timothy Kreider • June 30, 2010 When I left New York for Baltimore in the spring of 2007, I’d made up my mind that I wouldn’t be coming back. For years, I’d migrated between […]

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from the Franklin County Bulldog: JB at DDG Bookstore 7/13

This piece appears in today’s Daily Bulldog. You can read it in its original context here. FARMINGTON – On July 13 national bestselling author Jennifer Finney Boylan will be coming to Farmington to share her sensational new Young Adult Fantasy, Falcon Quinn and The Black Mirror. The Falcon Quinn series mark a new chapter for the […]

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Updike: “Bring what is peculiar to the moment to glory.”

Today’s NYT carries a fascinating advance look at the soon-to-be available Updike papers at Harvard. The link is here. The author of the article is Sam Tanenhaus. I was especially moved by these words: “We do not need men like Proust and Joyce; men like this are a luxury, an added fillip that an abundant […]

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The Writers’ Mise en Place

Facebook friend (and New Yorker writer) Susan Orlean is up at the Macdowell Colony, I think, if I’m following the “updates” properly… Mcdowell being one of those places where writers go to be surrounded by absolute quiet and to focus on their work. This got me thinking about my own writing-space, which is funny because […]

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Postcard from Maine

Down at the town wharf, eatin lobstah rolls, watching the fishing boats go out. We nipped into the Harraseeket lobster shack while waiting for Seans last soccer game to start.

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look, up in the sky

I was feeling a little blue.  Squirrels in the birdfeeder.   The phone rang. My friend Jon Gawler said, well, I’m taking up the single engine plane, why don’t you come over and we’ll fly around a little.  I went over to their farm, and he was already in the cockpit, the propellor spinning around. […]

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Boylan family update: Falcon, Fiction, & Freedom

Hello, you fabulous creatures.  JB here, just checking in.  I wanted to thank everybody who’s bought and read Falcon Quinn so far.  I admit to not knowing much about how children’s books are marketed and sold; all I know is that it’s a different world from memoirs and novels, where it’s all about reviews and […]

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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."