Recently, I attended an interview with the Welsh writer, Jan Morris. It was conducted on the stage at the Times Center in New York by author and editor Don George, who has his own stellar travel writing resume. The event, hosted by Geoex, was a benefit for the American Himalayan Foundation, its hook being the 60th anniversary of […]
When I’m home alone, I’m lonely. When I travel alone, I’m free.My husband and I once had a friend we referred to as Obvious Man. We knew him when we lived in Europe and he liked to practice his English with declarations that sometimes were, well, obvious. Things like: “You like hamburgers because they are […]
I wrote this essay for a series called ‘My Happy Age’ in the British magazine Easy Living, and since there’s no link, I wanted to post it. On an evening last May, my friend and I sat in one of the plushest bars in Manhattan sipping white orchid Martinis, a prohibitively expensive drink […]
My three-part series on some of the greats of 20th Century Russian literature, featuring my interviews with Joseph Brodsky, Vladimir Voinovich and Yuz Aleshkovsky. Read it here. Red Square, Winter 1987
Photos: Heidi Gutman Recently my friend Michael Maren directed a scene in Brooklyn for his movie, A Short History of Decay, that fast became part of New York literary folklore. In this shot, Nathan (played by Bryan Greenberg who looks quite a bit like Channing Tatum) is a flailing writer, who is certain he’s a failing writer. His girlfriend […]
It is an honor to read with this evening with my fellow authors Abbie Kozolchyk, Ann Hood and Carol Reichert at Newtonville Books, one of the great bookstores. After the fact: And here is a picture of me at the reading, taken by my friend Pam. That’s my Mom on the right, with the gray hair. […]
September 13, 2012 Today, I’m honored to have won three Lowell Thomas Awards, which is thrilling in the field of travel journalism. They are 1) The Grand Prize Silver Award for Travel Journalist of the Year; 2) Silver Award in Personal Comment for ‘Masha’; and 3) Bronze Award in the foreign travel article category for […]
I’m happy to be taking part in this library discussion at the beautiful new Roe Jan Library in equally spectacular Hillsdale, New York.
Very honored that the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awarded first prize to my essay for The Litchfield County Times. Read about it here. My essay, ‘A Mother’s Snapshot from That Morning’ is a short memoir about 9/11. You can read it here.
It rained like hell the last two weeks in Paris. It’s hit or miss weather-wise in April, but always beautiful and charm spills all over the boulevards. As it happened, I was staying with a dear friend in her apartment very near the first place I lived in Paris. I moved there in the summer […]
Reminiscing about the bad old days for Leah and Caren, the brains behind one of my favorite websites, The Drinking Diaries.
Twelve or so years ago, I went to a friend’s anniversary party in downtown Manhattan and found myself seated next to the late, great Frank McCourt. He was delightful and captivating in every way – and very modest. He was also a neighbor of sorts up in Connecticut where he lived with his wife, and […]
There’s a beautiful new travel magazine for the iPad, and my article Green Pastures is in the first issue. App available here….Overnight Buses
For those of us who inhabit the planet of half empty, New Year’s Eve is usually a time for strong sentiment and more than a little regret. I could have worked harder, loved stronger, seen certain people more and thought of some other people less. I should have been more patient, productive, appreciative, understanding and […]
Why anyone can travel, and write about it. When did you first know you were a traveler? I was five when I first took an airplane from Boston to Tucson. My three sisters and I were dressed in matching dresses and white gloves. The planning, the packing, the trip to the airport – a journey […]