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Ethan Gilsdorf
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writer, teacher, poet, geek, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks
writer, teacher, poet, geek, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks

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Thrilled, floored, honored! My essay "The Day My Mother Became a Stranger," originally published in +Boston magazine has been named a notable Best American Essay 2016! Thank you Boston Magazine and Jonathan Franzen, and my wonderful editors SI Rosenbaum and Carly Carioli. You can read the essay here: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/article/2015/04/28/ethan-gilsdorf-the-day-my-mother-became-a-stranger/
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9/14/16
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Today's find from my basement: My 1977 Star Wars Fan Club poster & this 1977 Dynamite Magazine 3-D superhero poster
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Can D&D be good for you in the real world? This TEDTalk explains why. http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Why-Dungeons-Dragons-is-Good-fo;search%3Adragons #DnD #RPG
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2016-05-24
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This The New York Times documentary about D&D and the "Satanic Panic" features two tiny clips from a Super 8 movie I filmed of my old D&D group back in 1981. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/18/us/when-dungeons-dragons-set-off-a-moral-panic.html?_r=0
You'll see us at minute 00:20 and at minute 08:25. Yes, we were (as their expert says over a clip of my old gang rolling dice and goofing off) “the kind of kids and young people who didn’t go to dances or date on the weekends." But we rocked it. Also featuring Junot Díaz Cory Doctorow Tim Kask
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For FREE you can attend this evening of beer and interesting talks about games and gaming at WGBH's  #‎BostonTalks Happy Hour 
on the topic of "Game On" this Wed 4/13 -- just use the promo code GAME when you register here: http://bit.ly/1S0NgSf
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I talk to Jon Favreau about his new remake of The Jungle Book and how he got his beasts to “walk like you, talk like you, ooh-bi-doo.” https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/movies/2016/04/07/jon-favreau-brings-realism-the-jungle-book/7wCGk7Bic53uCTKClwEiEL/story.html
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Nerd out about gaming, drink beer, mingle and be smart. Join me at "Happy Hour: Game On" over at WGBH in Boston on Wed Apr. 13, 7-9pm. http://www.wgbh.org/events/event.cfm?eid=Happy%20Hour%3A%20Game%20On-119
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2016-04-07
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Comment on this? The Cost Of Engagement: Why I'm Against Online Comments wbur.fm/1PUO24e via @wbur 
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Boston-area writers ---- Learn how to sell that book to an agent or editor in my How to Write Query Letters class this Friday, February 26th, from 10:00am-5:00pm, at @GrubStreet in Boston 
https://grubstreet.org/findaclass/class/how-to-write-query-letters-1-1/

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For a story about the New England film festival scene, I'd love to speak to festival directors, local filmmakers and other arts experts to get comments. Feel free to contact me or spread the word to your contacts and have them reach out to me at ethan [at] ethangilsdorf [dot] com. Thank
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