Samantha Shokin is a writer and musician based in Brooklyn.

Russian Jewish Burning Man

JetLAG, the largest open-air Russian music gathering in the United States, is an archipelago of post-Soviet affinity groups nestled on the banks of the Делавэр River in the Catskills


The Soul of a Machine

How theremin virtuosa Clara Rockmore’s life and loves shaped her eerie music


Seven Strings Over Iowa

How the center of a Russian-guitar culture ended up in the American Midwest, under the stewardship of its greatest enthusiast


From Radiohead to Klezmer

My winding journey through music mirrored my journey of Jewish discovery


‘Make Birobidzhan Gay Again’

Dispatch from the inaugural Brighton Beach Pride Parade in south Brooklyn


When I Found a Place Where I Belonged, I Finally Came to Love My Jewish Hair

I grew up hating my curly, unruly frizz. But on a trip to Israel, I found people who celebrated kinky locks—theirs and mine.

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