Travel

Art-y Weekend Outside New York

Unlike London, Manhattan is pretty black and white. It’s urban with a capital U. If you want laid-back and leafy, go somewhere else. But what if you love New York City and at the same time  crave a little space, oxygen, green? Not a problem. I recently spent a weekend in and around New Canaan,…

Travel

Pacing Manhattan

Every time I fly to New York I have a mile-long list of cultural, art-y things  I can’t wait to see. Every time I leave New York  I get discouraged by how little of that list I have seen. I’ve seen a lot, just not what’s on my list. I become another person when I…

Foodie Mecca Comes to Chelsea

Alongside the Chelsea outposts of Chloe, Cartier, Kate Spade and J Crew, a slew of old-school shops have moved in: a butcher, a baker, and in lieu of the candlestick maker, a cheesemonger, and green grocer. These new neighbours, who revere culinary staples as highly as handbags, have already become institutions on Pavilion Road, an…

‘Spanish Crossings’ and How It All Started with a Sentence

While we’re on the subjects of interviews, read my Q&A with author and writing coach John Simmons about his latest  novel Spanish Crossings. The interview ran in writer’s group 26’s April e-letter. The novel is split into three chronological parts –  before, during and after the Spanish Civil War. John discusses historical novel writing, character and plot. And how…

Interviews I Like – The Lenny Interview

I might be late to the party, but I have recently discovered  Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny. I especially love the Lenny Letters,  the honest, probing interviews with interesting women.  Here are some of my favorites: The unconventional, never married, ninety-nine-year old writer and editor Diana Athill  dispenses love advice: Write, never marry, be more pragmatic. Accessories…