Jenny Hendrix


Life During Wartime

By Jenny Hendrix

Life During Wartime
Shani Boianjiu’s new novel is a coming of age set in the Israeli Defense Forces. It’s about a world that’s been so strange for so long, no one thinks it’s strange anymore.Read More


Murder Most Lovely

By Jenny Hendrix

Murder Most Lovely
The tabloid photographer Weegee chronicled tenements and stoops, places where one could glance up from the comics and watch a body hit the ground.Read More


Raising a Glass to America

By Jenny Hendrix

Raising a Glass to America
A new book examines the role Jewish immigrants played in opposing Prohibition. Does it say more about Jews or about the broader American culture?Read More


'Prohibition' Tells Changing Story of Jews in America

By Jenny Hendrix

'Prohibition' Tells Changing Story of Jews in America
The groundbreaking PBS series ‘Prohibition’ depicts Jews as being caught in the crosshairs of a cultural movement that redefined their identity as new Americans.Read More


Impressionistic Paintings With a New York Kick

By Jenny Hendrix

Impressionistic Paintings With a New York Kick
The rhythm and verve of working-class New York street life is vividly displayed in artist Dena Schutzer’s new solo show at the Bowery Gallery in Chelsea. In almost two dozen drawings and oil paintings — on view through October 1 — Schutzer gives an impressionistic glance into daily urban life: a woman braids a man’s hair on a stoop; a man cleans the windows of a shop; boldly lit umbrellas pass in the rain.Read More






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