About me

A London-based American journalist covering arts, culture, education and international development stories for publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN and National Public Radio.


latest articles


New York Times: What to Know When Selling the Family Silver

LONDON — When a great-uncle dies or an older parent downsizes, having to go through and organize boxes of family heirlooms can feel daunting. If the items include family silver, it can be especially overwhelming.Finding out what’s worth…

New York Times: Where Culture Flows Along London’s River Thames

LONDON — As Lisa Vine looked out over the River Thames from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Southbank Center’s Royal Festival Hall main foyer, she recalled first coming here as an 11-year-old girl in 1957 to attend a concert.Over the…

New York Times: In Warsaw, Mining a Rich Vein of Polish Creativity

WARSAW — Every day outside of a shop at 61 Mokotowska Street, an intriguing dance of sorts happens: A smattering of men and women of all ages walk out onto the sidewalk and smell the top of their hands or the inside of their wrists. Some…

New York Times: Want a Great Gift? Put Their Initials on It.

LONDON — In certain social circles, Anne Singer is something of a monogramming legend.The French-born Ms. Singer, whose husband’s great-grandfather Isaac Singer invented the sewing machine, established the Monogrammed Linen Shop four decades…

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