For years, Laurie Gwen Shapiro knew her neighbor as an unassuming artist named Peter. Years later, she learned he was Peter Malkin, a Nazi hunter who helped catch Adolf Eichmann.
In the old days of the Lower East Side, there were pushcarts, bootleggers, hot corn and knife sharpeners. 95-year-old Julius Shapiro and his sisters Peshie and Esther remember it all in a lively and hilarious conversation.
The first Moscot eyeglasses store opened in 1925, the same year that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote ‘The Great Gatsby.’ Was Doctor T.J. Eckleburg’s billboard inspired by an old Moscot sign?
How did that sugary Manischewitz get to your table? It started 100 years ago with Kedem in New York. Or maybe with Thoreau or Sonic Youth. Here’s the secret history of the sweet stuff.
Dan Kainen has dabbled in laser light shows and designed T-shirts. But now, lenticular art has made the son of a prominent Jewish artist an unqualified success story.
Because Errol Morris believes in the power of eye contact, he invented unpatented machines called the Interrotron and the Megatron that allow his documentary subjects to look directly at his face on a projected screen while he is in another room. This unusual method lends a startling intensity and intimacy to his mesmerizing films. It would sure be nice to borrow one of these fantastic devices to interview the country’s master interviewer. But he is on a national tour for his book “A Wilderness of Error”; plus, he’s planning a trip to North Carolina to attend Jeffrey MacDonald’s evidentiary hearing in federal court, which is being held on yontif — something that, Morris confides, makes him feel both irritated and guilty. So, alas, I am reduced to a phone interview.
Here’s a brief cheat sheet on Jonathan Tropper’s literary oeuvre.
Jonathan Tropper grew up playing piano at a Modern Orthodox summer camp in the Poconos. No one thought he’d turn out to be the literary Next Big Thing.