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Ethan Gilsdorf

Ethan Gilsdorf, author of “Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks,” writes for the New York Times, The Boston Globe and wired.com.

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Humor

The Kid Is Alright

By Ethan Gilsdorf

What navel gazing — literally — taught one boy about the value of being different.

Boston

My Lego Dilemma

By Ethan Gilsdorf

Legoland Discovery Center Boston is set to open in Somerville this week. This has Ethan Gilsdorf thinking about whether the toys he grew up with have become too commercial.

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Life

In Their Own Private Bubble

By Ethan Gilsdorf

Without shared media experiences, how will younger generations find common cultural ground?

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Sports

Hey David Price, ‘Nerd’ Is Not An Insult

By Ethan Gilsdorf

After a poor performance in Saturday’s ALDS game 2 against the Red Sox, Rays pitcher David Price took to Twitter to bash his critics. There’s a few lessons here.

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Media

Pixel Pollution: A Screed Against Screens

By Ethan Gilsdorf

We’ve gotten so used to seeing TV screens everywhere — taxis, gas stations, elevators, even bathrooms. It seems we’re never more than a foot or two away from our next media experience.

Life

In September, Hope Springs Eternal

By Ethan Gilsdorf

It’s September. A time of new beginnings. Of promise. Though I left behind the classroom decades ago, I still think of the year in academic terms.

Boston

Writing Our Way Through The Terror

By Ethan Gilsdorf

As we recover from the Boston Marathon bombings, the lock-down, and from our media hangovers, out gushed the words, like a fresh wound. Not spoken words, which can evaporate as soon as they are voiced. But stories, written down.

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Red Sox

5 Ways The Red Sox Can Win Us Back

By Ethan Gilsdorf

After an abysmal 2012 season, management is trying to woo back beleaguered fans. But Ethan Gilsdorf says they’re gonna have to do better than discounted Fenway Franks. He has some ideas.

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Life

Of Mouse Traps And Men

By Ethan Gilsdorf

A story about compassion, growing up, and why you should never use glue mouse traps.

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Books

Why ‘The Hobbit’ Matters

By Ethan Gilsdorf

Tolkien reminds us how to be a hero, how to take risks, how to be a good man or woman — or elf, dwarf, or hobbit.

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