My Writing

Here are a few of my favorite pieces. My selection criteria: I had to like the way the story came out,  and I had to be able to easily find it online. They’re not in any particular order. And in several instances, I used my working title for the piece, not the one the publication gave it.

If you like, imagine these stories mounted on black Canson paper, and protected in plastic sleeves. And for more about me, consider taking a peek at my bio.

Selected Works:


  • A Mule’s Errand: Visiting Kalaupapa Settlement, less sensitively known as “the leper colony,” in Hawaii. On the back of a mule named Koa who really, really didn’t like me. [Out Aloha]
  • A Travel Guide to American Hypocrisy: A dramatic re-enactment of the first reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, a woman who pioneered modern travel writing, and a park ranger in a pannier. [The Millions]
  • Not Pretty in Paris:
    A meditation on appearance anxiety in Paris, which is in some ways the story of a hair cut, but also a consideration of the Charles Garnier Opera, the history of mirrors, the nature of global franchising. [The Smart Set]
  • The Ass Grab: In which I puzzle through a street harassment incident in Marrakech. [The Washington Post]
  • My Venetian Crime Spree: In which I try to rip off Venice — and eventually feel her wrath. [The Toronto Star]
  • Naked, with a Passport: In which I learn the meaning of the word “naked”, in spas from Kerala, India, to Baden Baden, Germany.  [The Travel Channel’s World Hum]
  • The Heat Seeker: A five-part series on tracking down the spiciest food I could handle. [The Travel Channel’s World Hum, anthologized in Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010]
  • Staring at the Evil Eye in Istanbul: Getting freaky with blue eye amulets in Istanbul. [Perceptive Travel]
  • Lightness of Being: Coming to terms with a big change at a Mayan yoga retreat in Honduras. [Yoga Journal magazine.]
  • Jewish Barbados – Tracking Down the Tribe: What is truth and what is fiction? [The Huffington Post]
  • Winter Scuba: Learning to scuba dive in Roatan. [The Street]
  • The Mobility Myth: In which I engage in a bit of cultural criticism. [Reason Magazine]
  • Is He Dead? This memoir essay won a contest sponsored by the Rubin Art Museum. [Killing the Buddha]
  • Sin City’s Secret Virtue: Collecting rare books in Las Vegas [Robb Report]
  • Your Name In Stickup Light Bulbs! A feature on infomercials. [New York Magazine]
  • Montreal’s Smoked Meat: Here’s an example of what I do for [ Culinary Travel]
  • The Temptation of Tourist Traps:  Ambiance and quality — why so hard to have both? [ Culinary Travel]
  • Sail French Polynesia: An example of what I do for Luxist. [Aol’s Luxist]
  • Into the Wild In which I go backpacking in the Wyoming wilderness. On purpose. [Inc. Magazine]
  • Fresh Air: Warsaw It wasn’t as bleak as I’d been expecting.  [Business Traveler]
  • Medieval Cold Medicine: I try to cook up an ancient cold medicine/candy. [The Atlantic’s Food Channel] 


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