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‘We’re All in Freefall’: Museum Workers Scramble for Cash Amid the Longest U.S. Government Shutdown in History

My article “‘‘We’re All in Freefall’: Museum Workers Scramble for Cash Amid the Longest US Government Shutdown in History” appears in artnet.

Pakistani-American painter Ambreen Butt imbues traditional miniatures with timely social criticism

My article “Pakistani-American painter Ambreen Butt imbues traditional miniatures with timely social criticism” appears in The Art Newspaper. (Ambreen’s website is here.)

Chess Life article about Chess Sets & Conflict

My article “Chess Sets & Conflict,” which reflects on the ways that chess sets, for centuries, have done double-duty as political and religious symbols, appears in the Dec. 2018 issue of Chess Life magazine. It may be accessed in PDF format via this link. To read the entire issue Chess Life, and to subscribe to […]

What If You Trivialize Hitler?

My article “What If You Trivialize Hitler?” — about the Holocaust art of Bruce Gendelman — appears in Mosaic magazine. (The Jewish Journal, LA, also excerpts it.) Here’s the lede: “How do you shoot the devil in the back?” asks the character played by Kevin Spacey in the 1995 movie The Usual Suspects. A similar […]

Art and beauty can carve a path through a fallen world

My article “Art and beauty can carve a path through a fallen world” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Update: On the NCR podcast, Brittany Wilmes and Julia Lieblich say exceedingly nice things about my article (starting around the 5:05 mark, although the whole podcast is worth a listen).

In the wake of Pittsburgh, houses of worship ask how much security is enough

My article “In the wake of Pittsburgh, houses of worship ask how much security is enough” appears in Religion News Service.

Data mining gets religion as campaigns target voters of faith

My article “Data mining gets religion as campaigns target voters of faith” appears in Religion News Service. Update: Houston Chronicle, America magazine, and National Catholic Reporter have reprinted the RNS piece.

The true story of a Jewish news agency that peddled fake news to undo Hitler

My article “The true story of a Jewish news agency that peddled fake news to undo Hitler” appears in Religion News Service.

Last-minute invite appears to treat White House call with rabbis as an afterthought

My article “Last-minute invite appears to treat White House call with rabbis as an afterthought” appears in Religion News Service.

‘I’m an Experiment’: Why the Israel Museum Hired Ido Bruno, a Tech-Savvy Designer With No Institutional Experience, to Be Its New Director

My article “‘I’m an Experiment’: Why the Israel Museum Hired Ido Bruno, a Tech-Savvy Designer with No Institutional Experience, to Be Its New Director” appears in artnet.

  • Selected articles

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

    Confederate monuments "Confederate Monuments and the Power of Absence." Religion & Politics. Oct. 2017.

    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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