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Essays & Nonfiction

"The Bench of Broken Dreams"

The New York Times, 2007

 

There's a small, curious plaque on a bench in Greenwich Village that reads: "In Memory of Chelica, Who Loved Coffee and Cigarettes." The person to whom it pays tribute, however, left a much bigger imprint on the people she knew and the neighborhood in which she too briefly lived. 

"How Real Is That Ruin? Don't Ask, the Locals Say"

The New York Times, 2006

 

Tourists visiting a small town in the southern highlands of Peru are greeted by an unusual site displaying what many locals claim are remnants of an ancient Incan fertility temple. A healthy trade in handcraft souvenirs has grown up around it. But the tale of the structure's origins and significance is not so simple, according to archaeologists and historians.

"The French Chef Who Taught Washington How to Eat"

The Washingtonian, 2015

A look at the extraordinary life of Jean-Louis Palladin. Once the youngest Michelin-starred chef in France, happenstance landed him in a cave-like restaurant in the basement of The Watergate Hotel in the late 1970s. He soon became a bigger-than-life personality in Reagan-era Washington and one of the nation's first celebrity chefs. His legacy of reshaping cuisine in America can still be seen everywhere on dinner plates and at farm stands today.

"Drug Users' Hard Lessons Become Tools to Teach Doctors"

The New York Times, 2006

 

At a hospital in the Bronx, women enrolled in a methadone recovery program school interns on the realities of drug use that they learned firsthand, as part of an effort to improve patient care and help doctors' communicate more effectively.

"Old-Growth Finds the New World"

The New York Times, 2007

 

Reclaimed teak has grown in popularity in recent years in the west. It is undoubtedly a unique and beautiful addition to a home. And there are ecological benefits to reusing existing wood instead of harvesting new trees from vulnerable teak forests that are extremely difficult to replenish. However, some preservationist in Southeast Asia say that the trade has encouraged the decline of traditional houses and contributed to the overall erosion of the area's character.