Interview about “Giants in the Earth” by O. E. Rolvaag on John J. Miller’s Great Books podcast

Learn more about John J. Miller’s Great Books podcast, a National Review production, here.

What Is the Role of a Museum in One of Polarized America’s Most Purple States? Oklahoma Contemporary Offers a Case Study

My article “What Is the Role of a Museum in One of Polarized America’s Most Purple States? Oklahoma Contemporary Offers a Case Study” appears in artnet.

How a Smithsonian researcher reinterpreted Rumpelstiltskin for the #MeToo era

My article “How a Smithsonian researcher reinterpreted Rumpelstiltskin for the #MeToo era” appears in Washington Post Magazine.

Shibboleths and Sun Salutations: Should Religious Jews Practice Yoga?

My essay “Shibboleths and Sun Salutations: Should Religious Jews Practice Yoga?” appears in Mosaic magazine.

Updates:

  1. Here’s Alan Brill’s response: “Where American Jews Stand in the Great Tangle of Yoga.”
  2. Here’s Tara Isabella Burton’s response: “Yoga and Judaism Are Incompatible — But Not In the Way Menachem Wecker Thinks
  3. And here’s my “last word”: “Idol Worship Isn’t a Relic of the Past

Should the best artists of the Renaissance be defined by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

My article “Should the best artists of the Renaissance be defined by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?” appears on the NBC website.

Raphael, The Prophets Hosea and Jonah, c. 1510, pen and brown ink with brown wash over charcoal and blind stylus, heightened with white gouache and squared for transfer with blind stylus and red chalk, on laid paper, National Gallery of Art/Menachem Wecker

Interview (March) with Cover Stories with Chess Life podcast

I spoke at length with Daniel Lucas, senior director of strategic communication at the U.S. Chess Federation, on the March edition of U.S. Chess’ Cover Stories podcast.

Here’s how U.S. Chess describes it on its site:

The March edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes of each month’s Chess Life cover story. This month we talk to Menachem Walker, who wrote about chess and autism as part of our special issue on accessibility. Wecker is not your typical chess writer; he is a freelance journalist who is a former (full-time) education reporter at U.S. News & World Report who covered arts and religion on a freelance basis for Houston Chronicle for nearly five years. His writing has appeared in Playboy, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, Columbia Journalism Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, Art Newspaper, artnet, America, Religion News Service, Christian Science Monitor, National Catholic Reporter, Mosaic, Sojourners, Arab American News, Mormon Times, and others.

Marketing overshadows scholarship in museum display of alleged ‘St. Francis Missal’

St. Francis Missal at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore
The so-called “St. Francis Missal,” open to Mark 10:21, the passage that isn’t in the original story about the saint, on view at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore/Menachem Wecker

My article “Marketing overshadows scholarship in museum display of alleged ‘St. Francis Missal’” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

Inhibition and Intuition: Chess playing presents benefits for autistic players, scholars and players say

My article “Inhibition and Intuition: Chess playing presents benefits for autistic players, scholars and players say” appears in the March. 2020 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 future issues, visit this link to join the U.S. Chess Federation, which publishes the magazine.

10 Beginner’s Tips for How to See—and Understand—the Rich Complexities of Byzantine Textiles

Detail of a fragment of an Egyptian band from the 4th to 10th century at Dumbarton Oaks, reflecting a missing color which deteriorated. Photo by Menachem Wecker.

My article “10 Beginner’s Tips for How to See—and Understand—the Rich Complexities of Byzantine Textiles” appears in artnet.

Meet Elijah Cummings’ predecessor — who is aiming to become his successor

Kweisi Mfume in his campaign office on Eutaw Street in Baltimore. Photo by Menachem Wecker
Kweisi Mfume in his Baltimore campaign office on Eutaw St./Menachem Wecker

My article “Meet Elijah Cummings’ predecessor — who is aiming to become his successor,” about Kweisi Mfume, former chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), appears in Jewish Insider.

  • 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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