Monthly Archives: August 2010

JB readings and appearances, fall 2010

I’ve just updated the appearances page to give an initial rundown of readings for this fall. There will be events in Atlanta (Southern Comfort Convention), one at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, two private ones (in New York and Philly, for Colby alumni), two events associated with the Chicago Humanities Festival (one at the festival proper, […]

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Christine Daniels: A Love Story New piece on CD in the LA Weekly

Here’s another very thoughtful, and lengthy, story published in the L.A. Times Weekly on the sad fate of Christine Daniels. (Christine, nee Mike Penner, was a sportswriter for the L.A. Times who transitioned very publicly at the paper, with the general support of that paper and its readers;  in time, however, she went back to […]

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More Gender News from America

From, a truly fantastic blog focussing on not-especially-well-edited items in the country’s newspapers.

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David Bowie and “Gayface.” (revised)

So I posted here a thing I wrote about David Bowie this morning, but now I am thinking twice about.  Originally I was thinking about how much I loved his music, back in the day.  And yet how grumpy i was to learn that he wasn’t really bisexual, at least according to the Wikipedia piece […]

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We are all jerks.

August 11– So the inter-sphere is all abuzz with the stories of people quitting their jobs on account of other people acting like assholes. There’s the one about flight attendant Steven Slater, late of JetBlue, who slid down the emergency chute after a passenger got out of his seat and started hauling luggage out of […]

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Star of the Day: 2/18/71

Here’s a totally sweet version of Dark Star, played by those reprehensible has-beens whom I love so, at the Capitol Theatre on February 18, 1971. The tune begins with the 9th track, then moves into Wharf Rat, of all things, played here for the very first time. And then back into Dark Star again in […]

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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."