Category: Just Back From

Detroit: A Wealth of Surprising Interiors

As a boy in Ohio, I would listen to the radio series Adventures in Good Music, hosted by the mellifluous musicologist Karl Haas. As the announcer proclaimed, “from the Fisher Building,” I’d wonder about this mysterious place. At last I’ve seen the reality. . .

Paris: Ooh La La Lafayette

The first time I visited Paris’ oldest and largest department store I was nineteen years old and determined to trade in my t-shirt and jeans for some instant Parisian chic. I bought a filmy, yellow chiffon, A-line dress and had my hair cut and styled in the salon.

New York City: Towing the High Line

The High Line has been a tantalizing promise for so many years it hardly seems possible that a substantial portion is now actually open. Approaching from West 14 Street, its black iron appears a lot less rusty and its vegetation a lot less random. The formerly derelict elevated rail track looks inviting, but not sissified and not too new.