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    >My new video "A HARD DAY'S KNIGHT," in which I don chain mail to find glory, donuts and spare change for my quest. BIGGER SCREEN ON YOU TUBE

    CLASSIC BOOK trailer! [bigger screen on YouTube]

    more videos here


    Over 100 folks came out to the ”Writing and the Literary Life in Rhode Island" roundtable and meet-and-greet on Monday, September 17, that I helped organized with GrubStreet and SchoolOne. The event featured representatives from literary and writing organizations across the state including Frequency Writers, What Cheer Writers Club, Reading with Robin/Point Street Reading Series, Rhode Island Center for the Book, Association of Rhode Island Authors, Ocean State Review, and others. 

    here are some photos from the event itself, and you can watch my video interview preview of the event here on GoLocal Prov LIVE below. 

    Preview of the event here on GoLocal Prov LIVE below. 




    Providence: Your New Favorite Lit Scene?


    I celebrated the 1980s

    I was thrilled to be part of NEON RetroFest in Warwick (Providence) on Aug 24.

     The Providence Journal previewed the event here. 

    We played Galaga and Star Castle, and drank Mountain Dew. I talked about "How D&D Changed the World." Peter Bebergal and I nerded out about the 1980s at our "INTELLI-VISION: THE PETER AND ETHAN PUBLIC ACCESS TV SHOW" event-- here's our intro video. Rad!




    A visit to my nerd cave

    The kind folks over at East Side Monthly came by to check out my nerd cave and chat. Here's what we talked about. They also got a shot of a nerd in his natural habitat.



    I wrote about Dungeons & Dragons for the Ted Ideas site

    Over at website, I wrote "How playing Dungeons & Dragons has helped me be more connected, creative and compassionate" --- in it, I talk about how agency, power, and the imagination can come from fantasy role-playing games. 


    Stranger Things have happened

    I re-enacted a day from the 1980s, in celebration of the new season of Stranger ThingsRead the story here.

    Josh Reynold's photo shoot that captured my day below.




    A Best American Essay notable essay

    An essay that I published in Boston Magazine last May, 
    “The Day My Mother Became a Stranger," was just named a "notable" Best American Essay for 2016 in this well-known annual anthology of "best" essays. It's quite an honor, even to be one of the many runners-up. Thank you Boston Magazine, especially my wonderful editors S.I. Rosenbaum, Carly Carioli and Matthew Reed Baker. 



    36 Hours in Cambridge in the NY Times

    Here are my picks for what to do in a hypothetical (and somewhat absurd) 36 hour itinerary in Cambridge for The New York Times. Let the naysaying begin.


    “Star Trek” in the age of Trump

    I wrote this piece for Salon called “Star Trek” in the age of Trump: Why we need to embrace its 50-year mission now more than ever," which looks at why the doomsday pessimism and defensiveness peddled by Donald Trump could use a dose of Enterprise hope and harmony.


    What Can We Learn From Star Trek, 50 Years Later?

    "Fifty years ago today, Star Trek launched its first “five year mission” on televisions across the country. The Starship Enterprise’s goal, “to explore new worlds… to boldly go where no man has gone before” gave viewers the opportunity to explore new realms; space, time, and the far reaches of human condition. The future, as envisioned by creator Gene Roddenberry, was portrayed as a place of great unity and equality, progress and diversity. According to author and nerd-culture critic Ethan Gilsdorf, that message is needed more than ever in 2016."

    Listen to my appearance on WGBH's Boston Public Radio with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan.