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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.

‘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 […]

  • 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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