Amy Lordan

Freelance Writer

United States

Experienced freelance writer with a focus on arts journalism. 10+ years writing for various publications including Library Journal,, and CBS Local.

Creator of the pop culture blog Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind.

Formerly known as Amy Galante.

Demystification: Living with Chronic Illness

I can't sleep. But that's good because I'm having a sleep-deprived EEG in a few hours. I could sleep for up to four hours, but that's not going to happen. I'm far too anxious about my first hospital visit since the pandemic started. I've been anxious all weekend.

The Inside Page
The Inside Page blog

In March 2018, I took over writing and maintaining the Lawrence Library's blog, entitled "The Inside Page."

The Alan Moore Interview: Part One

Last summer, I had the tremendous opportunity to interview the legendary Alan Moore. Yes, I was intimidated! It was a phoner, which I always find to be trickier; not being able to gauge a person's visual cues. But within seconds of talking with him, I felt at ease.

Library Journal Reviews
Supernatural: The Dogs of Edinburgh

In this prequel to the hit series Supernatural, Sam Winchester is en route to a college exchange program in Edinburgh, Scotland. At his first destination, the library, he meets a cute bookworm named Emma. It turns out that Emma is also a hunter, or as the Scottish say, a "breaker." Wood's (DMZ; Northlanders) Emma is another fantastic, strong female character following the lead of "Zee" from DMZ. Though Sam's brother Dean isn't with him in the Scottish Isles, Sam is constantly thinking of him...

In the Know @ the Bentley Library
Together at Last: Batman and Maus!

Over the summer, we used our interdepartmental superpowers to create the Bentley Library's first-ever Graphic Novel section. At long last, our graphic novels and comic book collections are all together! Batman and Maus used to be located on different floors of the library. No longer shall they be separated.* Why do we have a graphic novel section?

In the Know @ Bentley Library
Read at Your Own Risk!

"Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight." - Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower Each year, libraries and bookstores around the country celebrate our freedom to read during Banned Books Week.

In the Know @ the Bentley Library
On Display: Young Adult Literature

This month's display is a collection of bildungsromans. That's the original term for the young adult novel. Classically, young adult literature features a coming-of-age tale such as Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables or Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Nowadays, the term young adult has morphed to become known as reading-age group.

CBS Local
Boston's Best Places To Read Your Book With Coffee

These five bookstores in Boston and the greater Boston area offer a great selection of beverages, bites and books. One bookstore has been around in one form or another since the 19th century. The newest shop on this list is the creation of a non-profit organization geared towards employing teens in the foster care system.
'From Up on Poppy Hill' is a return to greatness for Studio Ghibli

" From Up on Poppy Hill" is an inspiring coming-of-age tale directed by Gorō Miyazaki, son of the prolific Japanese animator and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki. "Poppy Hill" is a vast improvement from the junior Miyazaki's directorial debut " Tales from Earthsea," which was visually stunning, but just oh-so-plodding.

CBS Local
Boston's Best Local Rock Bands

Boston is the birthplace of a plethora of legendary rock bands: the Cars, Pixies, Mission of Burma and many more. In the '90s, "alternative" rock music was blessed by Boston-based artists the Lemonheads, Juliana Hatfield and Buffalo Tom.
An interview with 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' comic book artist Georges Jeanty

"Man, this story makes me sound better than it should," replied " Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comic book artist Georges Jeanty when asked how he landed his current gig. "When Joss Whedon approached Dark Horse about continuing this whole 'Buffy' universe, Scott Allie, the editor, asked, 'What have you got in mind?

CBS Local
Best Outdoor Theaters On The South Shore And Cape Cod

You do not have to be in Boston to experience some great theater out-of-doors. From Hyannis to the Islands, vibrant local theater is waiting to be discovered, along with several appearances by nationally known comedians. Here are some of the best outdoor theaters on the South Shore and Cape.

In the Know @ the Bentley Library
And the Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

Would you believe that the latest Janet Evanovich tale is ... a comic book? It's true! A lifelong comic book fan, Evanovich co-wrote Troublemaker. Book 1: A Barnaby and Hooker Graphic Novel with her daughter, Alex. Troublemaker is just one of the many graphic novels available to borrow from our library.

In the Know @ the Bentley Library
And the Emmy Award Goes to...

Getting geared up for the Emmy Awards ceremony being held on Sunday, September 20? The Bentley Library has a large selection of Emmy-nominated TV series on DVD! Get your fill of "V juice" (that's vampire juice, for the uninitiated) with season one of .