February 01, 2022 | NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
Less than a month before the pandemic began, on the morning of February 17, 2020, my brother called me from New York. He said that our mother had fallen while on vacation in Iceland and was at that moment in an ambulance headed to a local hospital in Reykjavik.
December 11, 2021 | BERNARD VAN LEER FOUNDATION
Conceived and edited articles by leading policymakers, researchers, urban planners and activists, on how climate change is especially dangerous for young children, and how child-friendly measures can make cities more climate resilient.
November 15, 2021 | FINANCIAL TIMES
Radio announcers report the local news in Cuban-accented Spanish; billboards tout Spanish-speaking personal-injury lawyers; telenovelas and Spanish church services play on TV.
November 15, 2021 | FINANCIAL TIMES
Most restaurants in Miami are at least a little bit Latin American. Practically every seafood joint has fish tacos on the menu. There’s even a Jewish bakery on Biscayne Boulevard called El Bagel, where in addition to classic toppings like lox and whitefish salad, they offer jalapeños and guava.
November 15, 2021 | FINANCIAL TIMES
When I was growing up in Miami in the 1970s, we’d visit my great-grandmother on Miami Beach (then, as now, everyone just called it “The Beach”).
August 11, 2021 | PANDEMONIUM U
Host of a series of online conversations with leading authors and intellectuals, often but not only about France. Co-sponsored by Alliance Française USA, the Cultural Services division of the French Embassy in the U.S. and the American Library in Paris.
May 13, 2021 | 1843/THE ECONOMIST
I’d become less of a writer who dabbles in sport, and more like a bourgeois lady who’s obsessed with her backhand.
March 11, 2021 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Hunt, Gather, Parent” — a book about what harried Western mothers can learn from their supposedly serene Indigenous counterparts — opens in the style of an addiction memoir.
March 03, 2021 | FINANCIAL TIMES
The first dozen times an opponent announced “égalité” for deuce, I resisted the urge to shout back, “Liberté! Fraternité!”
February 28, 2021 | 1843/THE ECONOMIST
During a rare excursion to a clothes shop I took last month, an older woman walked in, looked around at the other shoppers and exclaimed, “humans!”
January 06, 2021 | 1843/THE ECONOMIST
It’s too late to have a productive pandemic.
January 06, 2021 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
In a feat of urban chutzpah, Paris — though not yet a cyclists’ paradise — is becoming a cycling town.
December 31, 2020 | NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
I recently found myself on a metal chair in the Jardin du Luxembourg, in Paris, submitting to my first-ever session of “philosophical therapy.”
October 05, 2020 | 1843/THE ECONOMIST
I’ve seen my share of penises, but never so many at once.
September 05, 2020 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
What playing doubles with a Parisian urologist taught me about how to get my life in order.
August 02, 2020 | NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
What would happen when we were cooped up for weeks or months with what the French government was ominously calling our cellule familiale?
April 24, 2020 | 1843/THE ECONOMIST
With coronavirus closing in on Paris, Pamela Druckerman admits defeat
April 07, 2020 | NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
I only learned about the no-bread rule in my twenties. But I immediately embraced it. Lurking crumbs seemed like a metaphor for everything I disliked about myself: my failures at love and work, my penchant for wasting time.
March 14, 2020 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
Someone does still want to sleep with you, but you don’t get to decide who that is. And other lessons for my next decade.
March 04, 2020 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
There’s a big difference between knowing that your politicians cheat and seeing their sexts.
January 21, 2020 | 1843/THE ECONOMIST
Pamela Druckerman meets Nigeria’s most famous living author
November 19, 2019 | 1843/THE ECONOMIST
Pamela Druckerman recounts the outfit that prompted an orgy in her absence
August 10, 2019 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
Europeans speaking perfect English sounds like good news for native speakers, but it may also be a threat.
May 28, 2019 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
This is the question at the heart of a case over the French celebrity Johnny Hallyday’s millions.
April 30, 2019 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
I knew I’d never sound like a native. But shouldn’t I be much better than this?
February 07, 2019 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
New research shows that hyper-involved parenting is the route to kids’ success in today’s unequal world.
January 19, 2019 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
‘I would like 50-year-old women to stop sending me photos of their bottoms and breasts,’ a French writer pleaded.
December 21, 2018 | MARIE CLAIRE
Marie Kondo’s decluttering technique has always been refreshingly strange: Make a pile of all your clothes—down to the last pair of socks—then discard anything that doesn’t “spark joy.” Repeat this with books, papers, and the contents of your kitchen cabinets.
November 24, 2018 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
The French comedian Blanche Gardin is taking on all of feminism’s orthodoxies.
November 01, 2018 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
Viktor Orban didn’t like what the press was reporting, so he took it over.
August 17, 2018 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
People have been dying for millenniums. Why should there be great surprises now?
May 04, 2018 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
If you want to know how old you look, just walk into a French cafe. It’s like a public referendum on your face.
April 21, 2017 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
I’ve lately been telling French people about the Hail Mary pass. I explain that it’s a desperate move in American football: You’re running out of time to score, so you lob the ball toward the end zone and hope for the best.
March 17, 2017 | THE ATLANTIC
I’m not an early adopter. I’ll only start wearing new styles of clothing once they’re practically out of date, and I won’t move into a neighborhood until it’s fully saturated with upscale coffee shops. I was the last person I know to download music and to stop paying for long-distance phone calls.
October 02, 2016 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
It’s 1944, in occupied Paris. Four friends spend their days in a narrow room atop a Left Bank apartment building. The neighbors think they’re painters — a cover story to explain the chemical smell. In fact, the friends are members of a Jewish resistance cell.
July 08, 2016 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
With Paris now competing to become Europe’s post-Brexit financial capital, France’s fraught relationship with wealth is under global scrutiny.
November 17, 2015 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
Even in tough times, parents should tell them the truth — often in simple terms — and help them process it.
April 23, 2015 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
My father-in-law, an anthropologist, likes to talk about the time he ate dog penis. He was visiting a remote town in South Korea, and the mayor invited him to lunch. Once they’d finished the dog soup (not a big deal), a waitress carried out the boiled penis on a silver plate. The mayor cut it lengthwise with scissors, then served half to each of them.
March 16, 2015 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
As an American married to an Englishman and living in France, I’ve spent much of my adult life trying to decode the rules of conversation in three countries. Paradoxically, these rules are almost always unspoken.