About Elisa

Elisa Albert is the author of The Book of Dahlia and the short-story collection How This Night is Different.

Pharaoh’s Daughter: For Reals

Pharaoh’s Daughter: For Reals
By May 15, 2007

Last night’s Pharaoh’s Daughter show at the new Highline Ballroom — a partially Jewcy-endorsed record release party — made me extremely happy to be alive.  Basya Schechter is the real deal: when she’s in the room, sniveling shreds of persistent … Read More

Getting a Get (And Other Redundancies)

Getting a Get (And Other Redundancies)
By May 6, 2007

Cindy Chupack strikes again! In yet another Modern Love column from the ever so Jew-ish "Sex And The City" brain trust, Chupack has treated us to an exploration of the Jewish divorce process, otherwise known as the get. I’m in … Read More

Jonathan Wilson On Chagall

Jonathan Wilson On Chagall
By April 24, 2007

Care to learn a little about the man behind the Chagall your temple Sisterhood’s so very into? Pick up a copy of Marc Chagall, the newest installment in Nextbook’s excellent Jewish Encounters series. Though he is perhaps the most famous, … Read More

Punk Monks

Punk Monks
By April 23, 2007

Does this scream “The Matisyahu Effect” to anyone else? Underground music scene: check. Funky-ass beards: check. High degree of religiosity combined with secular audience street cred: check. Only a matter of time until these guys sign a deal with JDub, … Read More

Dershowitz and Finkelstein, Sitting in a Tree…

Dershowitz and Finkelstein, Sitting in a Tree…
By April 12, 2007

These gents hate each other with a ferociousness and tenacity usually not found outside the junior high girls’ locker room, which is lame and a total waste of time, sure, but also pretty fricking hilarious, if you’re in the mood … Read More

Late-Breaking: Sexist Tripe In The New York Times!

Late-Breaking: Sexist Tripe In The New York Times!
By April 2, 2007

The article about Jane Austen in yesterday’s Week In Review — “Pretty Words, Jane; Would That You Were, Too” (Better title: “She’s An Okay Writer, But Damn! She Was, Like, Not That Hot”) — really took the idiot cake. But … Read More

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven
By March 29, 2007

I used to find pennies all over the place. For a time, they seemed to be everywhere: on sidewalks, in crosswalks, in the subway, on cab floors, and even in my own stairwell. Wherever I went, if I cared only … Read More

Yet Another Book Klatch Alum Makes Great

Yet Another Book Klatch Alum Makes Great
By March 23, 2007

Stacey Richter’s newest collection, Twin Study (out last week from Counterpoint) is comprised of twelve short stories so relentlessly original (but not merely for the sake of originality), excellently constructed (but never precious), and goddamn funny (in that Ha-ha-ha-oh-maybe-I-should-kill-myself kind … Read More