Chinua Achebe and The Unread Book Project

Chinua Achebe is a Nigerian poet, professor, and author. His novel, Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, tells the story of an African village, its traditions, and the influence of colonialism and Christianity on tribal life. It is considered a classic of modern African writing. Things Fall Apart has lived in my bookshelves since the […]

*Snapshots: Marfa

There’s always a moment, when I come back from my travels that I think: “I forgot to get a souvenir from the trip!” And then I remember: the photos! There are always photos…

Standing on Art (and Principle)

Standing on Carl Andre, copper squares Located on 340 acres in Marfa, Texas, the Chinati Foundation is a contemporary art museum housed in the buildings of a former military compound. It was founded by artist Donald Judd with the intention of preserving and presenting large-scale installations, with an emphasis on linking art and its surrounding […]

Setting the Table

When I was a little girl, one of my chores was to set the table for dinner each night. Round and round I’d go: placemats, dishes, glasses, silverware. Round and round: this is the space for nourishment, this is what feeds you, this is what refreshes you, these are the tools you need. When I […]

The Harmony of Wandering

French poet Anatole France once noted, “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” For close to 20 years, my friend DeLinda and I have wandered together: on weekend drives along the Connecticut shore, on the grand thruways of Texas, and meandering highways across France. For sure there is a […]

Monday in Marfa

It’s Monday in Marfa, and the only two places open are the Hotel Paisano— where Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor ate while filming Giant 55 years ago— and the Q Café and Wine Bar. We choose the Q , and sip on chilled glasses of wine, as we slide back into turquoise folding chairs for […]

The Trouble with Texas: Part 2

Spicy orange-infused frozen margarita, El Chile, Austin, TX The trouble with Texas is that when it comes to food, I don’t know where to start. But, as a young Austrian governess once sang, “let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” Tamale House, Austin, TX TACOS FOR BREAKFAST? Now, I’m a […]