I have been a journalist and author for twenty-five years. I have written on many subjects for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Time. I have authored five books, on everything from post-9/11 security to biotech to the importance of fresh water. I am best known as co-writer of Julia Child's memoir My Life in France, which inspired half of the film "Julie & Julia." I am currently writing a book about Julia Child in the 1970s, when she quit "the French Chef," re-Americanized herself, used recipes from around the world, and found her voice as "Julia Child"; it will be published in the spring of 2016.
I attended SEA Semester to learn oceanography and head to sea on a beautiful brigantine. After a childhood spent exploring beaches and oceanariums, reading about pirates and Moby Dick, and as a member of the Jacques Cousteau Society, the program was a natural fit for me. Our trip to the Bay of Fundy led to great friendships, excellent adventures, and learning-by-doing.
Freelance writing is difficult even under the best of circumstances, as is sailing in a gale. Among the key lessons I learned at SEA was the value of adaptability and resilience, not to mention keeping a sense of humor.