Friday, August 14, 2020

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.

The Fall of Icarus

You don’t expect to find insights into our troubled times from the Flemish Old Masters. But on a recent trip to Brussels I found myself wandering into the Royal Museum of Fine Arts.

Raising a Foodie

Our son turns out to have become a real foodie, once he was safe from his mother.

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

Unwrapping the Keto Diet

This keto diet goes against everything I have learned about healthy eating.

Willy Wonka and the Stardust

Our trip in the darkness to the top of a hill in Silicon Valley ends in front of a barred gate. We leave our car and climb into a...

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.

When Only One Recipe Matters

There are people who love to cook. They are mysteries to me. But my ricotta pudding is my pride.

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...

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.

Guardian of Our Past

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