Happy to report that Scott McConnell, editor of The American Conservative Magazine, asked me to review Dore Gold’s new book, The Fight for Jerusalem. The review appears in the July 2nd issue (print-only alas) as The Case for Not Sharing (not sure I’m wild about the title, which I didn’t choose) on page 31. It was an interesting experience to review a book I largely detested (with only one book section as an exception). At this blog, I have the liberty of writing about ideas, authors, books and music I admire. I sometimes write about things I dislike, but I never do so when it comes to works of art like books or music. I figure there’s so little time available, I’d rather spend it reading or listening to something that will move me or inspire me. So this was unusual.
I’ll probably reprint my review here sometime after it hits the newstands. Nice also to get paid for what I do. Thank God for publications that pay a writer a decent wage.
I’ve also just been asked to contribute a chapter to a new collection of essays on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The book is scheduled for publication in time for Israel’s 60th anniversary next June. This will be my first publication in book form.