I just celebrated two years as a columnist for WSJ covering dynastic wealth and real estate.
Straying too far from travel writing? Not entirely.
I won a fancy award for my Outside Magazine feature story. “Tune In, Give Up, Ship Out/Escaping the Recession by Boat”
The judges said nice things.
Down-markets create buying opportunities. Two brothers in recession America knew that and bought a yacht for half price on Craigslist and then tried to sail it around the world. Their story is one of courage and dumb luck, and it is one heck of an entertaining read.
The Wall Street Journal:
Cook luxury foods without missing a morsel – Chris Kostow
The etiquette of bringing your own meal on a plane – Nancy Silverton
The challenge of cooking in a summer rental – Michael Ferraro
The room was given to mourners seeking to watch recovery efforts as the weather turned cold in the weeks after the terrorist attacks. They left behind photos, teddy bears, wreaths, notes, books, report cards and other tributes, which over the years lined the walls, windows, ceilings and floors. Hidden from the public on the 20th floor of One Liberty Plaza, the space had plush sofas, toys for children and a sacred sense of reverence.
When the Great Recession hit, young people found a million different ways to cope with their battered job prospects. Alex and Nick Kleeman found the best way, scraping together enough cash to buy a 32-foot sailboat, then plunging into the Pacific for the adventure of their lives. So what if they didn’t know how to sail?
When Richard Blanco read his stirring poem “One Today” at President Barack Obama’s second inaugural ceremony in January, he spoke of “the last floor on the Freedom Tower jutting into a sky that yields to our resilience.”
That prompted Jordan Barowitz, the director of external affairs for the Durst Organization, a part owner of the tower, to tweet: “Blanco, we like the shout out. But it’s One World Trade Center!”
The tallest building at the World Trade Center site is in the midst of a bit of an identity crisis as it nears completion.
Most days, motorists on the H1 through Honolulu can look up at the cliffs of the Ko’olau mountain range and see a rainbow landing somewhere on Tantalus Mountain. There, overlooking the city, is the Pacific’s most important work of residential architecture, designed by Hawaii’s best-known architect, Vladimir Ossipoff. Rare for a great house, it remains in the hands of the family for whom it was built, the Liljestrands. More than 60 years later, the four heirs have resisted turning their childhood home into a pot of gold, but for how long?
I write for the Wall Street Journal regularly, covering food, travel, health, fashion, gear and spirits. Here are a few columns I’ve been covering:
What’s Your Workout
Tricks of the Trade
Personal Journal fixtures
And look for upcoming Dynasties columns…
CBS’ Watch! magazine has named me Deputy Editor of Glam. (Best masthead title ever)
I’m launching a new section, covering luxury, fashion, food, beauty, travel, lifestyle and all your favorite CBS celebrities. Look for it in the November/December holiday issue.
I’ve started contributing to the What’s Your Workout column at The Wall Street Journal, check it out.
May you be kitesurfing when you are 73.
The word is out…look for FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA at a cinema near you.
As online video calls become an everyday activity, a country raised on television is learning how to make good TV at home. – The Wall Street Journal
And I got a shameless plug for For All the Tea in China into the TV segment.
“Best book on corporate espionage ever written,” – The Wall Street Journal. (ok, so I said it in WSJ, but if we ever redesign the paperback…)
I’m now contributing to the Tricks of the Trade column at the Wall Street Journal, expect more of these.
This is a dream come true – the paperback of FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA is now available in your local Costco.
In fact, it’s a featured non-fiction title in March’s Costco Connection Magazine:
This well written history is fun to read, and I’m sure you, like me, will never look at a cup of tea the same way.
I am happy to speak to schools or book clubs, by phone, skype or in person. Just ask!