Monthly Archives: July 2010

Boylans in Yellowstone

A flashback to five years ago this summer, when the Boylans travelled to Wyoming. July 2005 Like most Mainers, we draw courage in the face of adversity from the idea of a perfect, invincible summer.  No matter what else befalls us during the year, we know that by mid-June we will be among the most [...]

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Zoe Carter’s IMPERFECT ENDINGS

One of the best books I’ve read in the last year is Zoe FitzGerald Carter’s IMPERFECT ENDINGS, a memoir about a mother who decides, after years of stuggling with Parkinson’s, to end her life. While this might seem depressing or gruesome, Imperfect Endings is in fact tender, wise, and occasionally funny.  The moral fog that [...]

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The Two Certainties.

Death and– uh– transgender tax collectors? In this video on the New York Times site today, it’s reported that Pakistan has a big problem with members of the upper class not paying their taxes. And so, to humiliate scofflaws into paying their taxes, the Pakistani government is sending in transgender tax collectors.  According to the [...]

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Have dinner with Jenny and Deedie/Grace Boylan. Or 10 other Maine writers.

Good! Good! Give in to your hunger! The Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance is having a special night in honor of its 35th birthday.  On Thursday August 12, you can join Jenny Boylan and her spouse Deedie at FORE STREET–our favorite restaurant–in Portland Maine, starting at 5:30. Or, if you prefer, you could dine at [...]

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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

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  • 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."