Latest Articles, Columns, Short Stories

Utterly confused following the recovery of her deathly ill daughter, she began to write. (And how!) But when Pia de Jong (Lange dagen) came to the US with husband Robbert Dijkgraaf and children, she practically had to start all over again. “I missed the language. The French have a beautiful word for it - dépaysement. I was without a country; disoriented.”

 

 

Posted in: Other Articles
Share this article
-Screen Shot 2017 02 11 At 4 10 20 Pm
Illustration by Eliane Gerrits

Why were Americans not as outraged by the Charlie Hebdo shootings as were Europeans? If anything, the reaction in the U.S. has been strikingly muted. Here there were no mass demonstrations anywhere close to the scale of the Paris march where the absence of President Obama and other top-tier administration of officials was noted with dismay. 

Posted in: Newspaper Columns
Share this article

Death and the Maiden: Meryl Streep’s Tribute to Philip Roth

Time.com

"The first time I saw Brenda she asked me to hold her glasses."

With that opening sentence of Goodbye, Columbus, Philip Roth stepped into his writing career in 1959 at the age of 26. So it had the feeling of a bookend this past Friday night when, with the 81-year-old Roth sitting smiling in the audience, Meryl Streep walked onto the stage of Alexander Hall on the Princeton University campus.

Posted in: Other Articles
Share this article

A Tale of Two Cities

U.S. 1 Newspaper

by Pia de Jong and Lanny Jones

The guard in the kiosk raises the gate and waves the truck into a paved road winding through an expanse of snow-covered fields, ponds, and fountains that might as well be in a French country estate. But this is the corporate headquarters of Bristol-Myers Squibb on Route 206 in Lawrenceville. We park in a brick courtyard, almost a piazza, as smiling people carry out two dozen bags packed with cans and boxes of cereal, tomato sauce, meatballs, and all the canned delicacies prepared by Chef Boyardee.

Posted in: Other Articles
Share this article

Green Phoenix

NRC Handlesblad
-Screen Shot 2017 02 12 At 12 50 48 Pm
Illustration by Eliane Gerrits

“Princeton is in the at midlands of New Jersey, rising, a green Phoenix, out of the ugliest country in the world.”

That’s how F. Scott Fitzgerald described this university town in 1927.

Posted in: Newspaper Columns
Share this article
Saving Charlotte: A Mother and the Power of Intuition
Sign up to receive occasional updates from Pia about her books, articles, and appearances.