About Elisa

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

Fasting Still Relevant

Fasting Still Relevant
By March 1, 2007

Today is the Fast of Esther (or Ta-anit Esther, for the transliteration-happy among you). “Go and gather all the Jews who are found in Shushan and fast over me, and do not eat and do not drink three days, night … Read More

Fundamentalist Christianity Makes For Kick-Ass Fiction

Fundamentalist Christianity Makes For Kick-Ass Fiction
By February 7, 2007

For those of us who like a) reading (instead of, like, reading about reading about reading) and b) religious backdrop as narrative metaphor for the ways in which we as humans are alternately buoyed, seduced, heartbroken, and destroyed by the … Read More

Post Punk Goddess Reigns Supreme in the NYT

Post Punk Goddess Reigns Supreme in the NYT
By January 26, 2007

Some stuff I hope we can all agree on: Thoughtfully-prepared, fresh food is great! Cupcakes are delish! There’s a natural order to the earth! Some moral imperative exists as to how we use natural resources! And the happier all living … Read More

Happy Gregorian New Year!

Happy Gregorian New Year!
By January 2, 2007

New Year’s Eve blew even more tourist butt than usual this year. There was the requisite good-time-pressure implosion and resultant tears, of course. And the face-sucking of acquaintances, natch. Deflated expectations, girl-fighting, and the oldest anti-climax in the book, check. … Read More

Is The Styles Section Trying To Fuck With Us?

Is The Styles Section Trying To Fuck With Us?
By December 28, 2006

Hells yeah, it’s all coming together today. The front page of Thursday Styles brings it on home in the lead story about chain-boutique owner Stefani Greenfield, her business partner Uzi Ben-Abraham, and their ideal customer, Tarynne Goldenberg! (Love the double-“n” … Read More

Shalom Auslander Is Pissed Off And We Love Him For It

Shalom Auslander Is Pissed Off And We Love Him For It
By December 26, 2006

Totally rollicking good time, this column.  Vitriol!  Misanthropy!  Mother-baiting! Gary Shteyngart’s comments in the New York Times a few months back, bemoaning today’s total lack of hot, nasty writer-feud action, jump to mind.   (I immediately tried to pick a fight … Read More

Bored

Bored
By December 24, 2006

How many godforsaken hours can one possibly pass via Chinese food and movies? How many hours of our lives must we watch tick away waiting for the world to start up again? Unlike Ms. Chupak, I do not get off … Read More

The Antidote

The Antidote
By December 14, 2006

We all agree that the sexualization of children is evil (yes, we do), but never fear: I'm not gonna go all Daily News on you ("Those lips! Those eyes! That pretty little nose!"). It's just that nothing perks me up … Read More