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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 […]

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.

A poetry museum that eschews having a home

My article “A poetry museum that eschews having a home” appears in the Washington Post.

Corot acknowledges male gaze in painting

Corot (1796-1875) was and is much better known for moody landscapes, within which dabs of white paint flicker like candlelight from amid deep green trees and undergrowth. Once one gets to know the artist’s oeuvre, his works become easy to spot from across a room, and there is a pretty good chance of seeing a […]

Holocaust Museum rethinks FDR’s World War II refugee legacy

My article “Holocaust Museum rethinks FDR’s World War II refugee legacy” appears in the Washington Post.

(Washington Post) Behind taxidermy display halls are lots of donors of (unsolicited) dead animals

My article “Behind taxidermy display halls are lots of donors of (unsolicited) dead animals” appears in Washington Post. Here’s the lede: David Skelly returned to his desk one day to find a two-headed snapping turtle in a mayonnaise jar. “I still don’t know where that came from,” says Skelly, director of Yale University’s Peabody Museum […]

(Forward) ‘Hannah the Hanukkah Hero’ Toy: Festive Feminist Role Model or Watered-Down Judaica?

Writing in “‘Hannah the Hanukkah Hero’ Toy: Festive Feminist Role Model or Watered-Down Judaica?” in the Forward, Hannah Pressman quotes one of my articles about Judith.

(The Federalist) Is President Trump Prepared To Deal With Disasters? Are You?

My review “Is President Trump Prepared To Deal With Disasters? Are You?” of Tevi Troy’s book “Shall We Wake the President? How America Deals with Disasters, and How You Should as Well” appears in The Federalist. Here’s the lede: With the election of Donald Trump, America is entering into uncharted territory. Trump has never had […]

Rachel Maddow show

The Rachel Maddow show links to my Smithsonian magazine piece about national parks in its “Week in Geek — Mars on Earth edition” by Summer Ash.

(Deseret News) How Arab women are fighting negative stereotypes with art

My article “How Arab women are fighting negative stereotypes with art” appears in Deseret News.

  • 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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