Plans are afoot for departing planet Earth. How to start a colony in space? Look to the past, of course. My piece in Slate.
A: When it’s New Amsterdam. My travel article exploring Dutch remnants in the Hudson Valley…
No one had spotted a new painting by the Dutch master for four decades — until the scion of a storied Amsterdam family found two. My cover story in the New York Times Magazine.
The world is getting crazier by the day, so when someone asks you to post an article about how to plant a tree you suddenly say to yourself, “Why not? Maybe this is a tiny way I can help things.” So for anyone wanting to know the proper way to plant a tree, here you go.
I was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. I have three children (Anna, Eva and Anthony) and three step-children (Reinier, Hector and Benjamin). I write books of narrative history; I believe history is most meaningful to us when it manifests itself through individuals in conflict. My books have been published in fourteen languages and have won numerous awards. I am senior scholar at the New Netherland Institute and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. My interests include the past, the present and the future, not necessarily in that order.