Author Archives: Jennifer Finney Boylan

Hot Flash: What Would You Do to Prove Your Love?

Or: Is it hot in here, or is it just me? via GIPHY It was the third time we’d been through menopause, the two of us, and by now we were sick of it. My first time, ten years ago, we’d been caught off guard. I woke in the middle of the night, drenched in […]

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Why Third Party Candidates Are Like Having Raccoons Live in Your Chimney

The thing about third party candidates is that, like love affairs, they are not unlike having raccoons in your chimney. I began my romantic life as a Republican, a long time ago, back when there were Rockefellers and Nixons, politicians who — crooks though they might have been — were still in many ways to the left of the […]

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Where did the Orlando shooter learn his hate? Hint: It wasn’t Osama bin Laden.

The Source of Home-grown Terror Jennifer Finney Boylan Donald Trump wasted no time. “Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism?  If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace!” This was early on Sunday, as the country was waking up to learn about the massacre in Orlando. Fifty people dancing […]

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“Am I Surprised? No. I’m Never Surprised by Evil.”

As part of a series of articles on the 1 year anniversary of Obergefell vs. Hodges, (the SCOTUS verdict that made marriage equality the law of the land), Steven Petrow of the Washington Post asked me these five questions: 1. What’s your take on the past year when it comes to LGBT acceptance? Is it […]

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Love and Kindness are a Form of Politics, too.

My dear friends. I have struggled to find a path that seems loving and peaceful, politically, this year. I know people who vote across the political spectrum and I refuse to see anyone as my enemy. We are here to love one another, and that includes–for me– trying to understand and open the hearts even […]

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JFB & Oprah do update show.

Here’s my piece on the plaintively-titled “Where Are They Now,” in which I cross swords with Oprah Winfrey for the fifth and–who knows?–perhaps final time.  We talk about my writing, my marriage, and our awesome sons, about whom I say, “having a father who became a woman helped my boys become better men.”  

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Russo & Boylan on Plot Twists in our Books and in our Lives.

This podcast on Stuido 360 features two old friends: Richard Russo and Jennifer Finney Boylan, talking about the twists and turns in our life, and in our friendship.   Richard Russo was in his early forties when he published “Nobody’s Fool” in 1993. The novel focused on the residents of a fictional mill town […]

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“Maddy Might Just Work After All.” JFB in Modern Love Podcast

Here’s my piece from the Modern Love podcast, originally published in the New York Times some years ago, and now made into a swanky piece of audio. With new commentary from me at the end on our family, on “I Am Cait,” and on how having a father who became a woman helped my children […]

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“A Twist in Her Plot” JFB in the NYT Book Review: Gender and Genre, Writers and Their Teachers

I arrived at the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins in September 1985, bearing a box of books, a Kaypro word processor and a long blond wig I kept hidden in a box in the closet. I wasn’t out as transgender in those days, not by a long shot, but I did have the tools I […]

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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."