September 24, 2014
Debbie Harry and David Bowie backstage at an Iggy Pop concert in 1977.

Debbie Harry and David Bowie backstage at an Iggy Pop concert in 1977.

September 24, 2014

I can’t stop watching this brilliant / heartbreaking video for Stromae's song “Papaoutai,” which is about absent fathers.I interviewed the Belgian-Rwandan musician Paul Van Haver for New York last week before the sold-out concert in NYC.

September 24, 2014
In Rwanda, Looking to Art to Soothe

I wrote about the art scene blossoming in Rwanda for the New York Times. It was fun zooming up and down Kigali’s green hills on a motorbike. Pete Muller’s photographic slideshow is just gorgeous. 

June 2, 2014
A behind-the-scenes photo from the 1929 recording of the MGM “lion roar.”

A behind-the-scenes photo from the 1929 recording of the MGM “lion roar.”

April 5, 2014

Some genius at Warner Brothers asked Stevie Nicks to do audio commentary for 80s-era Fleetwood Mac videos. The commentary on “Stand Back” is quite possibly the best Stevie thing on YouTube (here’s the best article.) You’re welcome.

April 5, 2014
Top 10 affordable safaris in east Africa

Zoe Flood and I tackle the “Top 10 Affordable Safaris in East Africa.” Subtitle: Cheap lions, gorillas, and wolves!

February 26, 2014

Tove Lo - Habits

February 24, 2014

I’m super charmed by these vintage travel posters for Kenya, Congo, and Angola. Feeling very tempted to start a collection I can’t afford…

February 24, 2014
Where Tanzanians Tap Their Feet

My article for The New York Times about Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s vibrant music scene. Stay out late, dance on the beach, and eat chicken pilau. Nichole Sobecki captured it all on video.

February 24, 2014
"It is possible, I suppose, to miss home terribly, not know what home really is anymore, and refuse to go home, all at once. Such a tangle of feelings might then be a definition of luxurious freedom, as far removed from Said’s tragic homelessness as can be imagined."

— James Wood, writing in The London Review of Books On Not Going Home

February 24, 2014

Eliza Doolittle - MoneyBox (remixed by Jamie of The xx)

January 9, 2014
Happy New Year! Here’s an illustration of a toast by Elizabeth Shippen Green, from the 1902 Bryn Mawr College calendar.

Happy New Year! Here’s an illustration of a toast by Elizabeth Shippen Green, from the 1902 Bryn Mawr College calendar.

January 9, 2014
In Cyprus, a New Spirit Animates the Capital

My latest, on arty happenings in Europe’s last divided capital, Nicosia.

January 9, 2014

So, it looks like I’m a wildlife pornographer. Gorilla love in Rwanda. On a volcano. Why yes, the tracker did say, “that female wants…jiggy-jiggy.”

November 18, 2013
Eric Lafforgue, Municipal house in Chibia, from the series “Portuguese Imprint in Angola.”

Eric Lafforgue, Municipal house in Chibia, from the series “Portuguese Imprint in Angola.”