Why the baroque politeness of diplomatic notes may be what the world needs now

My article “Why the baroque politeness of diplomatic notes may be what the world needs now” appears in Washington Post Magazine.

When Climate Science Is Ignored, Try the Arts

My article “When Climate Science Is Ignored, Try the Arts,” about how college and university art museums are focusing on the environment, appears in the Sept./Oct. 2019 issue of Sojourners magazine. You can read a PDF of the article here, and subscribe to Sojourners here.

How Hospitals Around the World Are Experimenting With the Healing Power of Art

My article “‘Fine Art Is Good Medicine’: How Hospitals Around the World Are Experimenting With the Healing Power of Art” appears in artnet. Update: The Washington Post‘s Erin Blakemore published “Today’s hospitals discover the therapeutic touch of art” based on my reporting. And Kaiser Health News also links to the story.

Tintoretto and His Jewish Neighbors

My article “Tintoretto and His Jewish Neighbors: Art historians have almost completely ignored the many connections between the great Old Master and the Jews of Venice. Is there more to be said?” appears in Mosaic magazine.

New York State Cracks Down on Jewish Schools

My article appears in Education Next. Here’s the beginning: When the New York Times ran an article headlined “Do Children Get a Subpar Education in Yeshivas? New York Says It Will Finally Find Out,” the newspaper illustrated the piece with a photo of a Jewish school in Queens. An administrator from that school promptly complained […]

One NRA fights for guns. One for restaurants. Yes, D.C. has abbreviation overload.

My article “One NRA fights for guns. One for restaurants. Yes, D.C. has abbreviation overload” appears in Washington Post Magazine. Here’s the beginning: It was the malapropism heard around certain corners of social media. When Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) asked Ben Carson recently about REOs — real estate owned properties — the housing and urban development […]

2019 Catholic Press Association award

I’m excited to announce receiving a first-place 2019 Catholic Press Association award for my National Catholic Reporter arts coverage. Read more here about all the other awards NCR won.

What does a libertarian art show look like? The Cato Institute is finding out.

My article “What does a libertarian art show look like? The Cato Institute is finding out” appears in Washington Post Magazine.

Exhibit suggests ‘peaceful pluralism’ among ancient Jews, Christians and pagans

My article “Exhibit suggests ‘peaceful pluralism’ among ancient Jews, Christians and pagans,” about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit “The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East,” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

Why dragons keep getting bigger

My article comparing dragons portrayed in Game of Thrones and in depictions of St. George in medieval manuscripts appears in Catholic Herald.

  • Selected articles

    NMAAHC "The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?" Washington Post Magazine. March 3, 2019.

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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