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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


    Why Facebook's Proposed "Dislike" Button Is a Bad Idea

    Facebook may finally be getting a button that lets you quickly express something beyond a “like.” In this commentary for WBUR's Cognoscneti, I say "Thumbs Down On Facebook’s ‘Dislike’ Button," and propose something else entirely.


    Follow my insane itinerary?

    Hey Boston travel fans: I dare you to do all this in Boston in a mere 36 Hours. Here's my insane itinerary for the New York Times Travel section "36 Hours in ..." series.


    The Day My Mother Became a Stranger

    In the May issue of Boston Magazine, I write about my mother Sara Gilsdorf. After her sudden aneurysm, she was transformed. Almost 37 years later, I search for answers. Read the story here.



    Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks Released in Brazil as "Tudo que um Geek deve saber"

    I'm thrilled to announce that my book Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks is available in Brazil as Tudo que um Geek deve saber (All a geek should know). Read a sample chapter, in Brazilian Portuguese, here. And it looks like you can order it online here. (Someone, help me with the translation.) Thanks to Novo Conceito for publishing the book. Obrigado!


    Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons: A Talk About

    I'm excited to be part of this three-way reading/discussion with my nerdy pals Peter Bebergal and Chris Robichaud. Hope you can make it. It's on Tues Nov 25, Pandemonium Books and Games, in Cambridge.

    Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons: A Talk about Rock, Dungeons & Dragons, the Occult, and Philosophy

    A Discussion/Author Signing
     with Christopher Robichaud, Peter Bebergal, and Ethan Gilsdorf
    Tues Nov 25, 2014, 7:00 pm
    Pandemonium Books and Games 

    4 Pleasant St, Cambridge, Mass.


    How does Led Zeppelin connect to Gary Gygax? Can rock and roll be a religion? Is the Dungeon Master's guide a holy text? Other than that weird kid who taught you how to play D&D in middle school, is anyone actually chaotic evil? Join three writers and gamers -- Christopher Robichaud (, editor of Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophy; Peter Bebergal (, author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll; and Ethan Gilsdorf (ethangilsdorf.comauthor of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks -- for a free-ranging discussion about rock, D&D, the occult, philosophy, dungeonmastery, morality, soul craft, and spiritually. We'll probably talk about the Satan Panic of the 1980s, too, and try to decode that mysterious art on Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. Followed by a Q&A and book signing with the authors.



    Pilgrim for a Day

    I'm going to be a Pilgrim for a Day! On Mon June 16, noon-1, join me and deputy director of Plimoth Plantation Richard Pickering, for a Google Hangout live-cast and witness my transformation into 17th-Century Pilgrim, Stephen Deane.

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    June/July classes at Grub Street


    Join me for this on Monday night



    200 People Singing Happy 40th Birthday Dungeons & Dragons

    D&D turned 40 this year. To honor that, at PAX East 2014 (in Boston), I was part of a panel called "Why D&D Is Still Awesome: A 40th Anniversary Dungeons & Dragons Tribute."

    But that didn't seem enough. I tried (and failed) to make a giant 40-sided die birthday cake. Instead, I lead the 200+ person crowd in a rousing "Happy Birthday to Dungeons & Dragons" singalong.

    With David Ewalt, author of Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It and and Jon Peterson, author of Playing at the World: A History of Simulating Wars, People and Fantastic Adventures, from Chess to Role-Playing Games.




    Help, My Computer Is Turning Me Into A Robot

    Much has been written about technology’s downside. Largely, that critique centers on its de-socializing effects. The Internet and our smart devices distract us, and addict us. They tempt us to not “be present” in real world space. I often feel these things to be true. But my take on the dehumanizing aspects of digital technology is somewhat different. My fear is this: Has my trusty and seemingly innocuous MacBook Air made me more robot-like? Have our computers turned us into them?

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