Gareth’s Blog

My New Game Review Feature on Boing Boing

I am going to start doing periodic game round-ups/reviews on Boing Boing. Here is an excerpt from my first piece: Stuffed Fables Plaid Hat Games, $60, 2-4 players, Ages 7+ Stuffed Fables, by Mice and Mystics designer, Jerry Hawthorne, is a cooperative story-telling miniatures game that literally takes place inside of an illustrated storybook. I…

The White Goddess

This is an excerpt from my collection, Borg Like Me. If you’re interested, you can order the book here. I had an event in my life, a plain and unexpected epiphany, that’s become a high watermark to my happiness. Of course, celebrations of big milestones, things like my marriage, the birth of my son, were…

Tears in the Rain (excerpt from Borg Like Me)

I’m currently on Nantucket after a five year hiatus. Being here again has evoked this essay to visible appearance, along with the rich chapter of my life that it represents. I took a picture of the theater mentioned in the piece (which has now been gobbled up, power-washed, and thoroughly sterilized by a mega-theater chain),…


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About Me

My name is Gareth Branwyn. I like to disguise myself as a mild-mannered reporter working the technology and pop/fringe culture beats. I’m the former Editorial Director of MAKE, and have contributed to Boing Boing, Wired, Esquire, I.D., and numerous other magazines and dailies. I’ve also written and edited over a dozen books, including the Mosaic Quick Tour, the first book about the World Wide Web. Arlington, Virginia is where I hang my propeller beanie. When not working, I like to pass the time contemplating my navel (it’s an “innie”), dog paddling the media spew, and generally lapping up as much life experience as possible.

Don’t let the Welsh name fool you. I’m a half Lebanese/half Norwegian dude from the malodorous tobacco fields of Chesterfield, Virginia. So how did I get the name “Gareth Branwyn?” It’s a long story, involving a broken heart, a bottle o’ moonshine, a fistful of pharmaceuticals, and a bigshot magazine editor. I’ll tell you about it sometime over a beer or frappuccino.

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