My Favorite Park Is the Eccentric Heartbeat of New York

No Matter the Weather, Washington Square Is Always Warm and Full of People

When I was younger, growing up in Silverlake, I always wanted to move to New York City. It’s not that I didn’t love Los Angeles, but I was eager for change, to experience the beauty of the shifting colors of trees in the fall. I dreamed of wandering around the romantic streets of the West Village, and picnicking in Central Park.

The first time I visited New York was during spring break of my junior year of high school, while touring colleges with my mom. I spent hours walking around, from …

Dear Alec Baldwin, L.A. Ain’t For You

Yes, The Purplish Light of Southern California Does Wonders for Aging Movie Stars. But If You’re Trying to Escape New York, You’re Coming to the Wrong Place.

Dear Alec Baldwin,

Let me be the first to welcome you to the great state of California.

I know you haven’t arrived yet. But, in a piece published in New York magazine …

Why I Traveled 3,000 Miles to Get to Temple

In the Midst of Divorce, I Escaped New York for a More Serious Religious Experience—and Found It In L.A.

It’s Friday night and I’m sitting by myself near the back of the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, listening to Rabbi Mordecai Finley talk …

Russell Shorto

The Man Who Put the Dutch Back on the U.S. Map

Russell Shorto, the American writer who has wound up becoming an unlikely cultural ambassador for the Netherlands, flinches uncomfortably when I say he must be a national hero, but then …

Fear and Magic

Night Kayaking the Hudson River

The river at night belongs to me. Me, and my sturgeon kin, my heron pals, the moon, the frantic bugs that prick my face and arms. Those bugs force me …

My Miracle-Mile-Adjacent Reverie

Memories of a Place That Was Almost Home

When my now-husband, Matt, and I started hunting for our first apartment together in Los Angeles, we looked at places that were, in L.A. real estate-speak, “adjacent”-as in Culver City-adjacent, …