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Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of 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. Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, he publishes travel, arts, and pop culture stories, essays and reviews 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 Playboy, National 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 is a core contributor to the blog "GeekDad" at and his blog "Geek Pride" is seen regularly on He also writes for blogs at's Globetrotting;;, and

His essay "Loving the Momster" appears in the June 2010 issue of The Drum, and his essay for the Lounge Lit: Transgressions event appears in the August 2012 issue.

His flash fiction "He Always Called Earl 'Professor'" is part of The Drum's Books, Actually project for the 2012 Boston Book Festival, available on the Moveable Feast app.

Audio Stories by ETHAN GILSDORF

Me And My Orion

Just To See If I Could

Loving the Momster