Below is a selection of pieces that touch on themes I continue exploring.


My Grandmother's Brain
The Atlantic
I remember the bag from my childhood. Transparent and oblong, large enough to fit a handful of papers, a few essentials, and a plastic brain.

Supersonic Airplanes and the Age of Irrational Technology
The Atlantic
The box sat untouched in his bottom desk drawer. For weeks we discussed opening it, and one January morning he was ready.


Art’s equivocal relationship with the natural world
The Economist
Nature persists in evoking feelings of astonishment or horror.

Well-travelled artefacts
The Economist
Last month, a crowd gathered at the National Museum of Cambodia to witness a historic reunion: the head and body of a seventh-century Hindu statue.

Romek Marber’s iconic illustration
The Economist
It was 1960 when Romek Marber—a young designer in The Economist’s art department—received a phone call that would change his career.

Writing on the wall
The Economist
In 2014 Evan Alberhasky travelled to Poland from Jerusalem to learn about his Jewish ancestral roots. 

Yiddish on the rise
The Economist
On the first Sunday of Krakow's recent Jewish Culture Festival several rain-soaked families took their seats in a tiny pop-up library behind a 15th-century synagogue.


Ex-Presidents of Poland Issue a Rebuke to the Governing Party
The New York Times
The front page of Poland’s leading newspaper featured on Monday an open letter from three former presidents warning that the new right-wing government’s actions were threatening the country’s democracy.


Europe's Reproductive Blights
Pacific Standard
It was Sunday in Poland, so no pew was empty.

Inside Cambodia’s Future Floating Arts Center
Pacific Standard
We peer over the railing to the lush, green, trash-strewn shore, where young boys play volleyball beside dilapidated homes.

Poland's Memory Problem
Pacific Standard
When the video chat connects, I see Professor Jan Gross’ eyes smiling through his round glasses, greeting me from a plain room.


Five Streets in Kraków
PROTOCOLS
I am lying on the floor, staring at a giant hole in the ceiling.


Longing to Return to a Place You've Never Been
Roads & Kingdoms
The faint aroma of stewing curry leads the way, reassurance that I’m not lost. 

Coconut: A Love Story
Roads & Kingdoms
I haven’t spoken for four days.

Post-Castro Miami
Roads & Kingdoms
I am late for the party.


Israeli Artist Exhibits His Indian Roots at Kochi Biennale
Tablet Magazine
When artist Meydad Eliyahu was growing up in Mesilat Zion, a moshav in central Israel, he smelled stewing curry leaves and heard the sounds of the South Indian language Malayalam.

Popular Images of Jews in Krakow: Folk Art or Stereotype?
Tablet Magazine
“Everybody wants to be a Rothschild,” an older Polish woman joked as we gazed at the wooden figurine holding a gold coin.

We Called Him Mundek.
Tablet Magazine
His folding chair was propped up.


My Father's Guitar & Other Imaginary Things
Washington Independent Review of Books
As if being a Texan Jew didn’t make his perspectives noteworthy enough, Joseph Skibell is a storyteller who views the world as a humorous archaeologist: curious, probing, and droll.