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    MOVIES! TRAILERS!

    >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

    Tuesday
    Jul032018

    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.

     

    Friday
    Feb232018

    I wrote about Dungeons & Dragons for the Ted Ideas site

    Over at ted.ideas.com 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. 

    Thursday
    Feb012018

    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.



     

     

    Wednesday
    Sep142016

    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. 

     

    Wednesday
    Sep142016

    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.

    Wednesday
    Sep142016

    “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.

    Wednesday
    Sep142016

    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. 

    Wednesday
    Sep142016

    Of Hobbits and Hippies


    Over on the Imaginary Worlds podcast, I had a chance to talk about J.R.R. Tolkien, hobbits and hippies, among othert topics.

    Wednesday
    Sep142016

    I talk D&D on Geek Lyfe


    I had a chance to chat about D&D, my book, and other nerdy stuff like if, in the not too distant future, tabletop gaming could disappear completely. Read it here.

     

    Monday
    Sep052016

    Nicholson Baker and “Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids”

    Nicholson Baker --- “Vox,” “The Fermata,” and “Human Smoke” -- has a new book called “Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids,” which chronicles his stint substitute teaching in Maine’s elementary, middle and high schools. I get a chance to talk to Baker about his book for the Boston Globe.