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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.

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.

Kasich thinks Cleveland’s Kusama show is ‘fantastic’

My article “Kasich thinks Cleveland’s Kusama show is ‘fantastic’” appears in Art Newspaper. Gov. Kasich, who was visiting the exhibit with his wife and one of his daughters, generously answered my questions. Update: The article made ARTnews’ morning links on Aug. 23.

The suit Billy Graham wore on his final crusade in 2005

While reporting a Religion News Service article about a Billy Graham exhibit at Washington’s Museum of the Bible, I noticed wrinkles on the sleeve of the suit, which Billy Graham wore on his last crusade in 2005 and which the Billy Graham Library lent. Graham was not Catholic, but many of the artifacts in the […]

Billy Graham drew less from Old Testament as years went by, new exhibit shows

My article “Billy Graham drew less from Old Testament as years went by, new exhibit shows” appears in Religion News Service. Here’s the beginning: In the 1950s, 1 in 3 verses that Billy Graham used to anchor his sermons came from Jewish Scripture known to Graham — and most Christians — as the Old Testament. […]

Newly-unionized adjuncts sign contract with Fordham University

My article “Newly-unionized adjuncts sign contract with Fordham University” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

  • 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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