Every time the Jewish holiday of Purim comes around, I remember one of the most exciting projects I ever worked on: a deluxe set of playing cards accompanied by a book written by yours truly. (A small book at 60 pages but a book nonetheless.) The face cards are ancient Israelite kings and queens—King David, Queen Esther, King Solomon, and so on—and the Arthur Szyk artwork is just gorgeously colored and detailed. It was a blast to research and write about the original art, which I did have access to. There’s a more budget-friendly version of the project that I also highly recommend. If I were about to have a bat mitzvah, I know I’d want one as a gift.
Totally thrilled to see my words and Arthur Szyk’s artwork on the website of The Nation, America’s longest running—and most prestigious—magazine of progressive thought. Szyk goes head to head with Norman Rockwell and (spoiler alert) he emerges triumphant. I particularly loved the article tags (not chosen by me!): Culture, Fascism, and World War II.
Exciting to see my article (co-authored with my mentor Irvin Ungar) published by Moment magazine! Inspired by the 50th anniversary of an important papal encyclical, this piece compares and contrasts famous World War II works by Jewish artists Marc Chagall and Arthur Szyk.
After several weeks of copywriting, editing, and working with my favorite graphic designer, the latest newsletter of The Arthur Szyk Society (www.szyk.org) is now live! Sixteen pages of stories and announcements, most on the big theme of Szyk and Jewish-Christian relations post World War II.