Ethan Gilsdorf

Ethan Gilsdorf, Contributor

Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, memoirist, critic, poet, teacher, and 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, Gilsdorf writes about arts, pop culture, gaming, geek culture, travel, and technology. He is a lover of ELO and a hater of littering. He enjoys stamp collecting, long walks on the beach, pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain. He is not into yoga. Sometimes he wears a tunic and chainmail, or these grampy pants. Follow his adventures at


The Day My Mother Became a Stranger

Searching for answers 37 years later.


WBCN: An Oral History

Key players reminisce about a time when Boston was all about sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.

Arts & Entertainment

PAX East Blasts into Town

Here’s a survival guide to this gamer’s paradise.