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Pia de Jong

Pia de Jong is a Dutch writer who lives in Princeton. Her memoir, “Saving Charlotte,” was published by W.W. Norton in 2017. She can be contacted at pdejong@ias.edu.

Lost in New York

Whenever my neighbor gets off the train at Penn Station, he jumps on the platform, throws out his arms, and sings, “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!...

The Eye of the Hurricane

In Times Square, in the middle of Manhattan, I make my way into the huge Marriott Marquis hotel. I step into a glass elevator, which hangs on the outside of a column in the huge atrium. While we ascend, I get views of different worlds.

At the Nobel Prize Banquet

The trumpets sound a fanfare, and I walk with 1,300 invited guests into the courtyard of the City Hall of Stockholm, which has been transformed into a dining room....

Guardian of Our Past

My mother is the chief curator of our family’s museum. She carefully monitors our past. Fortunately.

A Sense of Where You Are

When I walk into the radio studio on the 36th floor of an apartment building in Manhattan for an interview, I suddenly arrive in the middle of a rehearsing...

Forever Flowers

The virus traveling among us has revived an almost bygone tradition: sending postcards.

Nothing Goes Unnoticed

Nothing has gone unnoticed. And that is a disturbing thought.

Rebooting My Neighbor

He had had a deadly variant of leukemia and maybe a few months left to live. Now there is no trace of the disease

Teaching in America

Is there anything more difficult than being a public school teacher in America? Yes, being a math or science teacher in New York City.

When Germs Travel

A century ago around a thousand children died of measles every year in the Netherlands alone. Half a million children, mostly young, died worldwide. I am grateful that our children were born in another time.