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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


    Quiz: Trump Administration Dismissal/Resignation or Monster Defeated in My Last D&D Campaign

    1. Kirstjen Nielsen

    2. Demogorgon

    3. Manafort

    4. Manticore

    5. Shulkin

    6. Reince Priebus

    7. Gibbering Mouther

    8. Gorka

    9. Owlbear

    10. Omaroso

    11. Zinke

    12. Mimic

    13. Mattis

    14. Githyanki

    15. Scaramucci

    16. Tarrasque

    17. Slaad

    18. Fleitz

    19. Rex Tillerson

    20. Displacer Beast


    [Answers: Trump Dismissal/Resignation: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 19; D&D Monster: 2, 4, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17, 20]

    © Ethan Gilsdorf


    My obsession with trespassing


    My essay for Northeastern University's new Experience magazine, about the pleasures of being where I'm not supposed to be.


    I got Mortified

    As always, a great time performing at Mortified, that event where you get on stage to share journals, stories, poems and other artifacts from your childhood, teenage and young adulthood. I was at the Oberon Theater in Cambridge, Oct 12 and 13, laying bare my soul via my old Super 8 animated films and MTV-style videos from the 1980s. Thanks for Mortified producer Sara Faith Alterman for helping shape the stories.(Photos courtesy of Mary Ann Guillette). 


    In The Adventure Zone

    I was thrilled to be part of this event to launch The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins, the graphic novel adapted from The Adventure Zone comedy and adventure podcast (based loosely on D&D). Brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy, and father Clint McElroy, were in Boston at the Wilbur Theater July 19th, 2018, and I was there to interview them/moderate their on stage antics. Thanks for inviting me!



    Writing and the Literary Life in Rhode Island

    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.