A family moviemaking tradition comes to an end.
September 4, 2017
The Pleasures of New York by Car
Don’t believe what you’ve heard. It’s a great city for driving.
August 21, 2017
Notes from a Baby-Names Obsessive
My son was almost due. What would I call him?
July 31, 2017
The Life of a South Central Statistic
My cousin became a convicted felon in his teens. I tried to make sure he got a second chance. What went wrong?
July 17, 2017
David Sedaris: Why Aren’t You Laughing?
There was my sunny, likable mother, and there was the dark one who’d call late at night. Should we have intervened when her drinking got out of hand?
June 12, 2017
A Father’s Final Odyssey
My octogenarian dad wanted to study Homer’s epic and learn its lessons about life’s journeys. First he took my class. Then we sailed for Ithaca.
April 17, 2017
Confessions of a Watch Geek
My year of getting deep into perlage, three-quarter plates, and micro-rotors.
March 13, 2017
When Things Go Missing
Reflections on two seasons of loss.
February 5, 2017
Behind the Cellar Door
Learning how to drink, and how to stop.
January 15, 2017
To Speak Is to Blunder
“My brain has banished Chinese. I dream in English. I talk to myself in English. It was a crucial decision to be orphaned from my native language.”
December 25, 2016