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"No Jew, he reflected, could see anything so straight, so clear; no Jew, if he was besieged by thoughts, could set the thoughts aside and leap, unhindered. A Jew, if he had any brains at all, had twice as much … Read More

By / November 6, 2007
"No Jew, he reflected, could see anything so straight, so clear; no Jew, if he was besieged by thoughts, could set the thoughts aside and leap, unhindered. A Jew, if he had any brains at all, had twice as much as anyone else; he saw all sides at once and so his hands were tied, his brain stood still, he couldn't leap here and he couldn't leap there…. A Jew said Magazine and he was content, dancing on the point of a needle for his life thereafter to investigate the concept of Magazine, to explore the function of Magazine, to dream the fulfillment of Magazine conveying the Idea… which he knew from the vantage point of his superior philosophical needle, could never be accomplished in the world." — Tess Slesinger, The Unpossessed

Jewcy has spent its infancy debating its purpose. Our masthead now reads: "A Magazine for New Jews and Other Riffraff," which is both as broad and as narrow as we're able to represent ourselves within a shade of recognizability. Luftmenschen. Neocons. Socialists. Zionists. Liberals. Idiots. We've been branded with these epithets (and many more) given our admittedly eclectic approach to foreign crises and domestic heartaches, the Jewish Question, art and literature, Israel and Palestine, and everything East of Suez and West of Zabar's.

But given that politics is the main preoccupation of our daily rigmarole, we thought a new blog — a "Little Magazine" unto itself, really — was in order. Welcome to The Cabal, an intellectual furnace for neo-everythings who can't agree to disagree. We've been proudly confirming Pat Buchanan's worst suspicions since noon today.

Our slate of contributors:

Michael Weiss, Associate Editor at Jewcy, chef d'blog of The Cabal.

Joey Kurtzman, Executive Editor at Jewcy.

Stephen Schwartz, expert on Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism and the history of Communism, author of The Two Faces of Islam and Is It Good for the Jews?

"Jimmy Bradshaw," nom de plume of a prominent English social democrat.

Ali Eteraz, contributor to Comment Is Free and Muslim reformist par excellence.

Jamie Kirchick, writer at the New Republic and Commentary's contentions, columnist for the Washington Blade.

Stefan Beck, former editor at the New Criterion and frequent contributor to the New York Sun and a host of other publications.

Abe Greenwald, fiction writer and political blogger; his work has appeared in the journals Confrontation and the Vincent Brothers Review.

Mr. Eugenides, popular Scottish blogger.

Josh Strawn, frontman for Blacklist, Jewcy contributor.

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