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Ethan Gilsdorf

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Providence, Somerville
Freelance Journalist — Freelance
Covers:  travel, arts, science fiction, movies, geek culture, essay, pop culture, gaming, books, fantasy
Author: Fantasy Freaks & Gaming Geeks. Bylines: @NYTimes, @nytimesbooks, @Wired, Best Am Essay, @poetrymagazine, @TEDx: Why D&D is Good for You. Dex 4, Wis 17.

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Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, memoirist, critic, poet, teacher and geek, 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, he publishes travel, arts, and pop culture stories, essays and reviews regularly in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Salon.com, and wired.com and has published hundreds of articles in dozens of…

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@ethanfreak — 2,740 followers, 12,384 tweets

RT @darjr: Not just the Essentials or Starter Set but the PHB in Target! Congrats @Wizards_DnD @shellymoo @Gregtitohttps://t.co/SOmFRTrzzW
RT @ethanfreak: In case you haven't seen fellow Ethan @ethanschoonover's "Running a School RPG or D&D Club" video, it's essential advice fo…
RT @ethanfreak: Turn your journalistic stunt or quest into a gripping personal essay in my The Reported / Immersion Essay workshop… https://t.co/YACGjYrC1K
In case you haven't seen fellow Ethan @ethanschoonover's "Running a School RPG or D&D Club" video, it's essential advice for running and maintaining any #Dnd group. I found it super helpful for the high school club I'm advising.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu3WHJRFKX8&feature=youtu.be  #dungeonsanddragons #RPG
Turn your journalistic stunt or quest into a gripping personal essay in my The Reported / Immersion Essay workshop (6 Thursdays, starting Nov 7) @GrubWriters in #Boston.  https://grubstreet.org/findaclass/class/the-reported-immersion-essay/  #WritingCommunity #WritingLife pic.twitter.com/c9lnitZR7h
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What was your first job as a journalist?

I wrote for the newsletter of my food co-op newsletter in Brattleboro, VT.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes.

How is social media changing news?

Not for the better. I get obsessed with how many followers I have. Distracting, yet also opens possibilities to new readers, and new stories.