Today in Tablet Magazine, novelists and contributing editors Gary Shteyngart and Joshua Cohen join editor-in-chief Alana Newhouse for smoked fish, alcohol, and a Vox Tablet podcast not to be missed. Guess which group had disproportionate influence on music during the czarist era in Russia? Adam Kirsch reviews the new book that shows it was the Jews. The Scroll is sad it wasn’t invited to the Brighton Beach drinkathon.