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2014: The Year in Boylan

This was kind of an exhausting year.  Good shit, though.   I know that a lot of people wonder what it is I actually do, besides teaching college.  Here’s a list for the last 12 months.  Get out yr hankies. Nonfiction books: Random House & Oxford University Press Trans Bodies/Trans Selves. Laura Erickson-Schroth, ed. (introduction [...]

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Day 17: Last Train

Day 17 of this Amtrak Residency. Greetings from Maine, where I am approaching mile 8360, and the end of this incredible journey.  You can read previous entries about the trip on this same site, or at the Amtrak blog here. Awoke in the Charles Hotel in Cambridge. Spent most of the day writing.  It was delightful, and [...]

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Days 9 & 10: At a Siding (V. & VI.)

Days 9 & 10 of this Amtrak Residency. Greetings from Big Sur  where I am pausing at mile 4005 of this voyage.  You can read previous entries about the journey thus far on this same site, or at the Amtrak blog here. This morning, I finished the first draft of my novel.  Over two years work, 450 [...]

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Day 7: At a Siding (III.)

Day 7 of this Amtrak Residency. Greetings from Big Sur  where I am now at mile 4005 of this voyage.  You can read previous entries about the journey thus far on this same site, or at the Amtrak blog here. I’m “at a siding” for a few days, here at the midpoint of the trip.  Having crossed [...]

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Day 3: At a Siding (II.)

Day 3 of this Amtrak Residency. Greetings from Bloomington, Indiana, where I am, again, at mile 1190 of this 7298 mile voyage.  You can read previous entries about the journey thus far on this same site, or at the Amtrak blog here. Yesterday and today I am “at a siding,” by which I mean I have stepped [...]

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Jennifer Finney Boylan chosen as one of 24 inaugural “Amtrak Residency” writers.

Wait, wait.  I thought they said “trains-gender.”  I was misinformed!  Does this mean I still have to go? I am delighted–and more than a little flabbergasted–that I have been chosen as one of 24 winners of the “Amtrak Residency,” a “fellowship” of sorts that gives authors the opportunity to spend a week or two doing [...]

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Having a Father who Became a Woman Helped Make My Sons into Better Men

This is a piece I wrote for the Advocate–my first for them–about the new series, TRANSPARENT, and about being a trans parent. IT ran on September 23, 2014. Over and over, during my time of transition, I kept hearing those same damning words: “What a terrible thing for her boys.” The only phrase I heard [...]

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Jeffrey Tambor on TODAY, with a shout-out to JFB

I don’t think I can imbed this video, but here’s the link.  It’s a snip from the TODAY show on September 22nd.  Jeffrey Tambor talks about the new show, TRANSPARENT, with a couple really gracious shout-outs to your own JFB.  The first of which, I believe is at about the 1:20 mark.

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Sturm und Drang

Here’s a column of mine that appeared in the Washington Post on September 21, 2014, about the burdens and blessings of being part-German. During the last month of her life, my mother traveled in time and space, finally disembarking in the land — and the language — of her childhood. “Meine Schwester,” she said to [...]

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Pizza and Parenthood

Here’s a column of mine that appeared in the New York Times on August 27, 2014 BELGRADE LAKES, Me. — I HAD everything I needed — the sweet sausage, the grilled shrimp, the three kinds of cheese. The dough had been rising since midafternoon. All my spices were lined up, the sauces in the right [...]

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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."