Monthly Archives: April 2012

“What Kind of Times are These?” On Adrienne Rich and Trans-Misogyny

This piece of mine ran last week in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s online blog, “Tenured Radical,” hosted by historian Claire Potter. What Kind of Times are These? © Jennifer Finney Boylan Last week, as prelude to an evening of poetry,  my colleague Peter Harris– a writer and a professor here at Colby College–gave a […]

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Don’t forget the damage Mike Wallace did to LGBT people

As the media pours out the love for Mike Wallace this week– most of it absolutely well deserved, it’s worth remembering a dark moment for him, for CBS, and for LGBT Americans generally.  The show, “CBS Reports: The Homosexuals” is full of half-truths, distortions, and just plain lies.  It surely harmed the cause of civil […]

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JFB reading Friday at Grinnell College, Grinnell Iowa

Greetings, culture lovers (as Bullwinkle used to say, in the character of “Mister Know-it-All”).  Here’s a quick note that I’ll be reading at Grinnell  College, in Grinnell, Iowa, on Thursday April 5, at 8 PM.  Don’t have the exact building here, but I’m sure the reading wouldn’t be hard to track down once you’re on […]

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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."