New article at The Atlantic

It’s no secret that The Lord of the Rings is my favorite book, and I’ve been interested in all things Tolkien for a long time. Up at The Atlantic today is my article discussing “Leaf by Niggle,” Tolkien’s short story that is among his finest works:

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/05/tolkiens-short-story-about-promise-fantasy/588700/

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New article at the Forward

I have a new article up at The Forward today about how the Four Question from the Passover seder are more complicated to interpret then they seem at first, and about how their development can teach us something about how the haggadah came to be:

https://forward.com/life/faith/422858/how-the-haggadah-text-changed-over-the-centuries/