Monthly Archives: March 2011

A little more info on the 3 Toledo, Ohio readings this week

Just a quick note here about the three readings I’m doing this Thursday in the Toledo Ohio area– two at the two campuses of Owens Community College in Findlay and Toledo, and one at the University of Findlay. I have been given, at last, some actual times and room numbers for anyone in the area […]

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The IT GETS BETTER anthology, pub date March 22. Containing JFB story, “In the Early Morning Rain.”

Tuesday is publication day for the new IT GETS BETTER ANTHOLOGY, the book based on the Youtube phenomenon of last fall in response to the suicides of a series of young LGBT people.  The book, published by Penguin, contains 100 stories of heartache and hope by gay, lesbian, bi, trans people, and their allies.  Contributors […]

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On Washing Elephants Naked

Today we introduce a new feature in this blog which we’ll call “Stories Our Friends Swear Are True Though We Actually Doubt That Very Much.”  As our first example, I’ll share the following, told to me this week by Colby’s resident scholar in Greek and Latin, Dr. Kerill O’Neill, Ph.D. It seems that a few […]

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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”

    WiFo-Jennifer Finney Boylan-1
  • 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."