Jen Vafidis is the deputy editor of Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Vice, The Rumpus, and Guernica. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Follow her on Twitter @jenvaf.

Miracle of Miracles

What is it about Sholem Aleichem’s stories of a poor milkman in the shtetl that has audiences bewitched for nearly 50 years after the smash musical debuted on Broadway? Jen Vafidis on a new cultural history of Fiddler.

Fiction Only

From a book steeped in all the strange junk that we’re obsessed with in the contemporary world to a novel of the Cold War experience told through ghost stories.

Renata Adler

Renata Adler only wrote two novels, but they establish her as the chronicler of an ossified generation unable to move forward. By Jen Vafidis.