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Angus King/Jennifer Finney Boylan interview: complete text

I interviewed Maine Independent Senatorial candidate Angus King on June 8, 2012.  An op/ed column based on this interview ran in the New York Times on June 12.  Below is the opening of the interview.  The full conversation can be read here. Gov. Angus King: Okay.  Let’s go. Jenny Boylan: Let’s talk about Chamberlain.  The […]

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The Colonel & the Governor: JFB column in New York Times

June 11, 2012, 9:52 PM The Colonel and the Governor By JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN I had last seen Angus King standing on the shores of Maine’s Casco Bay, reading from the autobiography of Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. This was at a benefit for Maine writers and publishers back in 2009. Chamberlain, a revered figure in […]

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When Hogwarts was called “The Moon:” on the 50th Anniversary of the flight of Friendship 7

February 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the flight of Colonel John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth. My sons, who are fifteen and seventeen, do not know who he is. This was made abundantly clear during a recent family trip to Florida, when one day, between our time at Animal Kingdom and […]

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The Fall of the House of Boylan

This coming weekend,  my spouse Deedie (“Grace”) and I will go down to Devon, Pennsylvania, to say goodbye to the house that my family has lived in for the last 39 years.  Since my mom’s death this July,  the family has been going about the necessary steps to sell the old house, and if all […]

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Four Tall Women

Here’s a photo I love, taken at the GLAAD Media Circle celebration earlier this month.  On hand were, from lower right, Amanda Simpson, US Department of Defense; Kimberly Reed, award-winning filmmaker;  Dr. Marci Bowers, surgeon; and Jennifer Boylan, Professor of English, me.  I know that there are all sorts of ways of being trans, and […]

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JFB interview with Myla Goldberg

“Children have an innate capacity for both astounding kindness and intense cruelty” Jennifer Finney Boylan talks to Myla Goldberg about memoir, narrative, and Goldberg’s  new novel, The False Friend. Goldberg is the author of several books, the best known of which may be the novel, Bee Season. Jenny Boylan: The False Friend brings us a […]

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JFB in NYT: “All My Old Haunts”

The third in my series of summer 2011 op/ed columns for the New York Times appeared on August 18.  This time, I was subbing for either Gail Collins or Paul Krugman.  Or both.  It’s a valedictory piece about ghosts, transness, my open-minded “conservative” parents, and forgiveness.  A kind of amazing thing is that in the […]

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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."