Review of Ancient Near Eastern Art in Context

Aren Maeir has published a review of Ancient Near Eastern Art in Context in the Review of Biblical Literature. As is often the case in reviewing essay collections, much of the article summarizes the contents of the book but Maeir is generally positive. This is the final paragraph: All told, the varied, provocative, and generally…

Hollis

Because I’m a dork, I looked up our book in Hollis, Harvard’s online library catalog, and was pleased to find that the University bought three copies! One for the Divinity School library, one for Widener (the main, big general library) and one for the Fine Arts library. In case you’re wondering, only the Div School…

More on Moqtada al-Sadr

Well, turns out people better informed than me also think that Moqtada al-Sadr is one of the central figures in Iraq, marginalized by the Iraqi and American governments (as well as the American media). Here’s a post with the last chapter of Patrick Cockburn’s new book Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle…

Book Review: Positively Fifth Street

by James McManusOkay, so I’m a little late getting into the poker phenomenon. (Or was I early? I did buy that poker table with Pete, although we tend to play dumb games that favor luck and not the new “official” poker game, no-limit hold ’em.) When I was working on the American Experience Las Vegas…

Book Review: Moon Dust

Andrew Smith is a British magazine writer. Naturally, his writing is self-deprecating and full of pop cultures references. He was also born in New York and grew up in California in the 1960s and got caught up in the space race, especially the Apollo program. His non-fiction book Moon Dust has a terrific premise. After…