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Ethan Gilsdorf

Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, memoirist, critic, poet, and teacher. He wrote the award-winning travel memoir investigation Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. Gilsdorf's articles, essays, op-eds and reviews on the arts, pop culture, film, books, gaming, geek culture and travel regularly appear in the New York Times, Boston GlobeSalon.comBoingBoing.netPsychologyToday.com, GeekDad, Washington Post and wired.com and dozens of other magazines, newspapers, websites and guidebooks worldwide. As an expert on geek culture, Gilsdorf frequently speaks in public, and appears on TV, radio, Internet media and in documentary films. He is a lover of ELO and a hater of littering. Sometimes he wears a tunic and chainmail, or these grampy pants. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. More info at ethangilsdorf.com or follow him on Twitter.


The best books for nerds from 2014

Some 600,000 volumes were published in English last year. Here’s a few of the best.

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A nerd’s 12 best and worst films from 2014

Hits and misses from a year packed with big-screen science fiction and fantasy

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A Conversation with Wil Wheaton

A splendid time with the actor-writer-blogger-geek-champion turned host of TableTop

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A look at the new Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master’s Guide

Ethan Gilsdorf gets a sneak peak inside the definitive nerd Bible

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Dungeons & Dragons & Philosophy

Ethan Gilsdorf explains why Socrates would have made a good DM and that John Stuart Mill was Lawful Neutral. Catch his talk on Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons tonight in Cambridge, Mass.

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A Conversation with John Cleese

Ethan Gilsdorf talks to the Monty Python’s Flying Circus alum about his career, his new autobiography, and his limbs.

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The hands and minds behind The Boxtrolls

Ethan Gilsdorf meets with the team who animated The Boxtrolls, where old school stop-motion is merged with the latest in CGI

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An Exclusive Inside Look at Denver’s Dinosaur Hotel

Ethan Gilsdorf reports on the most awesome hotel in the country. Meet Stanley the Stegosaurus and friends!

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Documentary proves girls will play D&D with boys

A group of boys, aged 9 to 11, plays D&D every other weekend, but their parties never include girls their age. Meredith Jacobson’s DnDnG explores the possibility that their female friends could enjoy the game just as much as they do. By Ethan Gilsdorf.

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An exclusive look at the new D&D Player’s Handbook—and The Warlock

Ethan Gilsdorf gets a first-look at some incredible high-res art from the latest edition of the classic pen-and-paper role-playing game.

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A visit to the basement where Dungeons & Dragons was born

Ethan Gilsdorf celebrates the origins of D&D and presents Jon Peterson’s exclusive video tour of the place where E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson set out on their first adventures

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Meet the man who remade Middle‑earth

Ethan Gilsdorf interviews John Howe, Tolkien Illustrator and Conceptual Designer of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogies

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Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla, like our inner self run amok and gone berserk, just needs a warm mug of cocoa and a good hug. Ethan Gilsdorf on Hollywood’s latest rendering of the kaiju classic.

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The Art of Ralph Steadman’s “Slightly Maniacal” Humor

“When I don’t know what to do, I do that!” announces British cartoonist and artist Ralph Steadman in For No Good Reason, just before he unleashes a signature splat of ink onto a sheet of paper. “It just might lead somewhere.” Ethan Gilsdorf interviews the documentary’s director, Charlie Paul

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The 1964 World's Fair opened 50 years ago today

Ethan Gilsdorf on the show that embodied the “innovative, lunacy, hope, and fear of the Sixties”

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