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    Ethan Gilsdorf publishes travel, arts, and pop culture stories and essays regularly in the New York Times, Boston Globe,, and Christian Science Monitor, and has published hundreds of articles in dozens of other magazines, newspapers, websites and guidebooks worldwide, including PlayboyNational Geographic Traveler, Psychology Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Washington Post and Fodor's travel guides. He is a book and film critic for the Boston Globe, former bicycling culture columnist for the Boston Globe, and is the film columnist for Art New England. He contributes to's "Geek Dad," and his blog "Geek Pride" is seen regularly on He is also an occasional contributor to blogs for Forces of Geek blog (his blog is called "Hip Points");'s; and

    See below for a full listing.

    A sample of the hundreds of articles published by Ethan Gilsdorf: 

    >COMMENTARY: WBUR/NPR's Cognoscneti: "A New Hope: Can JJ Abrams Appease The ‘Star Wars’ Faithful?" (link here to other NPR commentaries)

    >POP CULTURE: New York Times: "When Defending Earth Cost 25 cents": a feature about classic arcade games

    >MOVIES: Boston Globe feature series all about THE HOBBIT, including Main feature: The Hobbit Emerges; an interactive Map of Middle-earth with annotation and character guideThe Hobbit cheat sheetMaking Middle-earthThe Hobbit by the Numbers.

    >GAMING: drug or D&D monster? You take the test.

    >POP CULTURE/GAMING: New York Times: "Take This Mitt, and Pass Me the Broadsword" (about Curt Schilling's video game company)

    >MOVIES: Boston Globe: "Viggo Mortensen sees through the eyes of an outsider"

    >POP CULTURE/GAMING: New York Times: "Players Roll the Dice for Dungeons & Dragons Remake" (about the future of the game Dungeons & Dragons)

    >HUMOR/RELATIONSHIPS: Boston Globe Magazine: "Geek Love: Can a gaming and fantasy fanatic find romance outside his realm?"

    >TRAVEL ESSAY: New York Times: "When ‘Home for the Holidays’ Involves Two Homes

    >TRAVEL: Washington Post: "Boston's Harbor Islands shelter a multitude of surprises"

    >POP CULTURE: Christian Science Monitor: "Video game museum gives arcade classics extra lives"

    >ESSAY: Plenty: "Pedaling Love: Settling down with the bike of a lifetime doesn't come without its flings" 

    >TRAVEL/CULTURE/HISTORY: The Walrus: "Breaking Old Ground: How to construct a castle the medieval way: one hand-carved stone at a time."

    >MOVIES/CELEBRITIES: Boston Globe: "As colleagues, they hit on all cylinders: 'You Kill Me' director and stars form a mutual admiration society" (Sir Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni)

    >PSYCHOLOGY/POP CULTURE: Psychology Today: “Suburban warrior syndrome: From The Matrix to Harry Potter, heroic fantasy is hot stuff. These modern epics tap into our frustrated impulse to be 21st-century knights—and may even help unleash the workaday hero inside each of us.”

    >TRAVEL/MOVIES: Boston Globe: It's otherworldly: Shooting Tolkien’s ‘Rings’ trilogy here was a capital idea for ‘Wellywood’ and its burgeoning film (and fan) industry

    >HUMOR/RELATIONSHIPS: Boston Globe Magazine: "Get Over It: A 12-step program to heal even the most pathetic cases of heartbreak."

    >TRAVEL: The Reykjavík (Iceland) Grapevine (originally appeared in The Boston Globe): "If You’re Not Smiling, It’s Not Delicious: Cooking and Travelling Thailand"

    >MOVIES/CELEBRITIES: Boston Globe: "Not the retiring type: A group of aging iconoclasts still gets a kick out of an indie film like 'Chatham'" (David Carradine, Rip Torn, Bruce Dern)

    >ESSAY: The Literary Traveler: "J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: A Literary Friendship and Rivalry"

    >TRAVEL: The Boston Globe: "Spirited & spiritual: On the coast of South India beach-bound tourists mix with Hindu pilgrims"

    >TRAVEL: Washington Post: "Mountain Biking in France: Pedal Power" 

    >TRAVEL: The New York Times: "Tracking Thoreau Through a Land 'Grim and Wild'"

    >POP CULTURE: The Boston Globe Magazine: "Lord of the Ka-Ching" -- Tolkien and Commercialism

    >TRAVEL: Boston Globe: "I was a (bad) monk for a week" page 1 / page 2 

    >TRAVEL ESSAY: Boston Globe: "Adventures, big or small, make the trip"

    >RELATIONSHIPS: Boston Globe: "Just like starting over: After breaking up with a longtime partner, going out is hard to do"

    >SCIENCE/ENVIRONMENT: Christian Science Monitor: "What is the value of a tree?

    >NUTRITION: Christian Science Monitor: "Is it really just a bunch of Fluff?"

    >PROFILE: Boston Globe: "She keeps the faith for death penalty opponents" (Sisten Helen Prejean)

    >TRAVEL/SCIENCE: New York Times: "Boston, a Science Lovers kind of town"

    >PROFILE/ENVIRONMENT: Christian Science Monitor: "The man who saves national park vistas"

    Other publishing credits:

>National Geographic Traveler
>Psychology Today
>The Washington Post
>Los Angeles Times >USA Today >Fodor’s travel guides (former Paris hotel correspondent)
>Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington DC)
>Paris Notes (Los Angeles)
>Cleveland Plain Dealer
>St Petersburg (Florida) Times
>Buffalo News
>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
>New York Post
>Poets & Writers (NYC)
>France Magazine (DC)
>Colorado Independent (Colorado Springs)
>New Orleans Times-Picayune
>Weekly Dig (Boston)
>Reno (NV) News and Review
>Creative Loafing (Charlotte, NC; Atlanta)
>Port Folio Weekly (Norfolk, VA)
>Memphis Flyer (TN)
>The Literary Traveler (Boston)
>Potash Hill (Vermont)
>Keene Sentinel (NH)
>Brattleboro Reformer (VT)

    Canada: >The Walrus (Toronto)
>The Citizen (Ottawa)
>Globe and Mail (Toronto)
>Maisonneuve (Montreal)
>Literary Review of Canada (Toronto)
>Glengarry News (Glengarry, Ontario)
>Planet S (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

    Europe: >Time Out Paris (Paris/London; 5 years as film, theater and restaurant critic)
>Prague Literary Review (Prague)
>The Sunday Post (Glasgow, Scotland)
>The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland)
>The Grapevine (Reykjavik, Iceland)
>Go (Airtran inflight magazine, London)

    Asia/Oceania/Middle East/Africa: >Sunday Times (Johannesburg, South Africa)
>The Press (Christchurch, New Zealand)
>Emirates Inflight Magazine (United Arab Emirates)
>One magazine (Indonesia)
>Australian Financial Review (Sydney)
>Featurenet (South Africa) 
>SIRS Knowldege Source (South Africa)
>Chrome (Malaysia)
>Communication Resources (Singapore)