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Different or Weird James Finney Boylans glasses look ordinary enough But the world he sees through them is something elseStanley-Sanborn The way Boylan sees and writes is what makes him a popular writer He is a comical writer yet his books still have heart Many say that his books are weird but they always seem to read the next one James Finney Boylan was born in 1958 in Valley Forge Pennsylvania He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1980 and soon became the managing editor of American Bystander magazine After working there he worked for American Punch which the first cast of Saturday Night Live founded When the American Bystander went under Boylan became an editorial assistant with VikingPenguin He then taught at Johns Hopkins soon realizing that Maine was the best place he became a professor at Colby College Where he still remains today The Planets was Boylans first novel and for writing it he got a grant from the Pennsylvania State Council for the Arts His different style of writing created national attention in 1991 When he wrote he tried to base the writing on the classical music by Gustav Holst The Planets was about the lives of several fictional characters in the real town of Centralia Pennsylvania which has had an underground coal fire for several decades and houses a few remaining residents The town Centralia Pennsylvania no longer exists on some maps The fire started in 1961 along the outskirts of town when trash was burned in an old open pit mine The fire in the open pit caught some coal on fire The coal then began to burn underground That was in 1961 40 years and 40 million dollars later the fire still burns through old coalmines and veins following the coal under the town and the surrounding hillsides The fire smoke fumes and toxic gases that came up though the back yards basements and streets of Centralia practically ripped the
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