About Michael Weiss

Michael is an editor of Nextbook and a contributing editor of Jewcy. His work has appeared in Slate, Gawker, New York, Democratiya, Reason, The New Criterion, The Weekly Standard, City Journal and Standpoint. His blog is Snarksmith.

Racist New York Baker Pays “Homage” to Obama

By January 23, 2009

Only the sorts of people who probably shouldn’t be allowed to vote in the first place thought that the election fo Barack Obama would put an end to all the trouble in the world, particularly racism. Lafayette French Pastry, a … Read More

Why You Should Sell Your Apple Stock Now

By January 22, 2009

As has been evident for months, Steve Jobs is not a well man. In April, Bloomberg ran an erroneous but telling obituary of the Apple founder, which sent the company –and stockholders — into a slight panic. And the public … Read More

Ars Boretica

By January 22, 2009

It occurred to me halfway through listening to Elizabeth Alexander’s narcoleptic and thoroughly "bureaucratic" verse, as Adam Kirsch so aptly put it, that there is in fact one area in which a celebrated golden age lies behind, forcing us to … Read More

Israeli High Court Decides In Favor of Arab Parties

By January 21, 2009

 A likely outcome, and a win for democracy: The High Court of Justice overturned Wednesday the Central Elections Committee’s decision to disqualify the Arab parties, Balad and United Arab List-Ta’al from taking part in the next Knesset race.  Now what’s … Read More

The Gin in the Campari of That Speech

By January 21, 2009

The New York Times has compiled a roundup of former presidential speechwriters’ receptions of Barack Obama’s inaugural address, and all are rather ho-hum, both in the form of their rhetorical analysis and the ultimate judgments they make of common subject … Read More

Dubya’s Smart Decision

By January 20, 2009

Someone close to the now-former president once explained to me his (the president’s) most debilitating character flaw. A rather crowded field, you might think, but the answer, rooted in George W. Bush’s overindulged demand for absolute loyalty, did manage to … Read More

Stumblebum Al Qaeda Hurts Self

By January 20, 2009

Good news out of Algeria — an al Qaeda training camp, believed to be the incubator of biological weapons, has gone kaput because all the jihadis got infected with whatever they were cooking up: The story was first reported by … Read More

Notes on an Inauguration

By January 20, 2009

An aged Jew dies and ascends to heaven. Upon meeting God, he asks, "When will there be a Jewish president?"  God answers: "Not in your lifetime."  "And when will there be a black president?" inquires the recently deceased. "Not in … Read More