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Jewish Insider profile of Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA)

My profile of Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) appears in Jewish Insider. Preparing for the interview, I noticed that several stories record that she doesn’t identify as Jewish, though her dad is a Holocaust survivor. I asked her about that, and she told me she knew nothing of her family growing up and wasn’t raised Jewish. […]

For Many Immigration Activists, Welcoming “Strangers” Is an Act of Faith

My article “For Many Immigration Activists, Welcoming “Strangers” Is an Act of Faith” appears in Religion & Politics.

In Salt Lake City, a New Museum Director Is Attempting to Bridge the Gulf Between Contemporary Art and Mormonism

My article “In Salt Lake City, a New Museum Director Is Attempting to Bridge the Gulf Between Contemporary Art and Mormonism” appears in artnet.

How politicians get camera-ready: Stylists and media training

For Washington Post Magazine, I walked a mile in a politician’s shoes, so to speak. A stylist critiqued my wardrobe; another stylist created two new looks for me (before and after photos in the article). I was also media trained. The article is what I figure it all means.

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.

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 […]

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.

The Satanic Temple is a real religion, says IRS

The Almighty may not think the Satanic Temple is a church. But the taxman has given it the thumbs-up. The rest of the article, “The Satanic Temple is a real religion, says IRS,” appears in Religion News Service.

  • 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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