Book theft, National Geographic slip-ups, an ash Buddha

December 21st, 2009 by Menachem Wecker

Christmas icons and the ivory trade.

With the economic downturn, book thefts are up, reports the NY Times. The most frequently stolen book? I’ll give you a hint. It’s a religious one.

“Jewish art is like a pendulum, it swings back and forth, yes, no, maybe, yes,” says 81-year-old artist Jo Milgrom, creator of Visual Midrash. Particularly intriguing is the piece Milgrom describes on page two of the article based on Song of Songs.

On “egregious mistakes” National Geographic committed with respect to Jewish practice. [I haven’t seen the publication in question, but if this blog post is quoting accurately, NG should be very embarrassed.]

Yet another fantastic WSJ art piece, this time on Tissot (which I’m hoping to see this weekend) and R. Crumb.

A very interesting Buddhist performance piece. HT: BAN.

Police suspect the robbery of the Auschwitz sign may have a foreign collector behind it.

Controversial religious (anti-religious?) advertising.

BibleBeltBlogger on “Funny faith healing stories at Oral Roberts’ funeral.”

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