Author Archives: Nathaniel Missildine

About Nathaniel Missildine

Nathaniel Missildine lives in Dijon, France with his wife and two daughters. His travel memoir, Save for Fireflies, chronicles his family road trip across the U.S. as a kind of native tourist. For more, visit nathanielmissildine.com.
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Home States

What happens when your absentee vote is not enough to prevent the worst-case scenario? What happens if you try to return home? Continue reading




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Hot Takes and Sangfroid in the City of Light

An American expat in France on the Paris attacks of 13 November 2015.




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American Car and Driver, French License

AS ADULTS, IT’S helpful to be reminded at regular intervals that we know almost nothing. My latest ineptitude prompt came as I faced—again, and in a foreign language­—questions like these: You are approaching a blind curve on a two-lane road. Do … Continue reading




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Catching Us at a Bad Time

Nathaniel Missildine tries to see through the fog of his daughter’s indecipherable texts, chaotic world events, and whatever might be up ahead.




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Meet Your Overseas Travel Expectations

Nathaniel Missildine shows how to manage the soaring highs and crashing lows of foreign travel




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How to Write a List

It’s as easy as one two three. Only you’re not supposed to number the list.




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Losing Faith in the Gleam

Nathaniel Missildine on Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Lane, and the function of movie stars.




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Light Sleepers

An American in France during the Bush years, Nathaniel Missildine awaits the birth of his child.




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Entertainment in Flight

Nathaniel Missildine on Steven Soderbergh, in-flight movies, and the state of the current cinema.




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