Archive for July, 2013

According to Google, today is Rembrandt van Rijn’s 407th birthday. Perhaps it’s the flattering light, but to me he doesn’t look a day over 400. Last year — when Mr. van Rijn was only 406 — I was immensely privileged to get a private tour of Rembrandt in America at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. […]



I woke up this morning gasping desperately for air, reaching toward the ceiling with my right arm. Moments before I’d been walking next to a friend. She’d gone ahead of me toward the white, frothy place where oceans become land. But — just a few yards behind her — I’d sunk silently into the sand. […]