Thursday, April 22, 2021

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 Future of Books

As I walk into the new Amazon bookstore that just opened on Columbus Circle in Manhattan, I have a disorienting feeling that I have not entered a bookstore but...

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...

Guardian of Our Past

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

When the Foxes Play

Now that almost all people are gone, the foxes have taken over the university. In broad daylight they roam the grounds, up the monumental stairs and through the ornate iron gates.

Forever Flowers

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

Storm Damage

The mob storming the Capitol plays through my mind, over and over again, like a bad ‘Game of Thrones’ episode. They have been blind-sided by a man who once looked into a pond and fell in love with himself.

The History of a Moment

"We didn’t come this far, to only come this far.” Those are the words on the banner an older black woman is carrying through the streets of Princeton.

When the Zoombies Appear

This new world is a bonanza for born voyeurs like me. I can’t get enough of studying all the interiors, the bookshelves, the dogs, the idiosyncratic behaviors.

A Lesson to Remember

Do a chemistry test on your mobile while you pay for toilet paper with your little brother in the supermarket. That happened to a student of Kimberly Dempsey, a chemistry teacher at East Side Community High School in New York City.

War of the Words

The biggest surprise of this presidential election is that there is no surprise. The country turned out to be exactly as split as it was four years ago.