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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

    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.

    Monday
    Sep052016

    On GeekBeatRadio to talk about Dungeons & Dragons, Stranger Things and my recent TEDx Talk


    Thrilled to be on geekbeatradio talking about Dungeons & Dragons, Stranger Things and my recent TEDx Talk. Listen at here.

    Sunday
    Aug142016

    The business of nerds

     


    Fandom is big business. Boston Comic Con, one of the region’s largest gatherings of science fiction, horror, fantasy, and comic book fans, is no exception. But how much money does a convention bring to a city like Boston when it rolls into town? My story for the Boston Globe explains.

     

    Sunday
    Aug142016

    The '80s, 'D&D' And Pre-Tech Nostalgia Return In 'Stranger Things'


    Why is "Stranger Things," the original Netflix sci-fi series full of 1980s nostalgia, synthesized music, kids on bikes and "Dungeons & Dragons," so popular? How do the references to other 1980s films influence the reception of the TV series? I appeared on WBUR's Radio Boston to discuss. Listen to the archived show here.