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.

Hamas as a Political Failure

By December 30, 2008

Commentators in the American and European press too often succumb to a solipsistic way of thinking of the Arab-Israeli conflict, as if only one side had any autonomy or agency. The debate between supporters and critics of Israel is typically … Read More

Exit Pinter

By December 26, 2008

I’ve had my disagreements with Johann Hari, but I’ve also had my agreements with him (on George Galloway and the rest of the gruesome galere of faux-cialists, Hari is extremely reliable). And his is the best cold water obituary on … Read More

Good For The Jews Concert Tonight

By December 23, 2008

Shameless shilling: Good For The Jews have a concert tonight at the Highline Ballroom, show starting at 8 pm, with comedian Todd Barry ("Flight of the Conchords") as our special guest. The tour continues at the Triple Door in Seattle … Read More

Caroline and the Grey Lady

By December 23, 2008

There used to be a joke around London that if Martin Amis ever got round to writing his autobiography, it’d have to be called My Struggle. The implication here was that nepotism and the law of succession would do their … Read More

Holiday Party Pics!

By December 19, 2008

So we put together an image gallery of Eli Valley looking more of a Bad Santa than Billy Bob Thorton could ever hope to, and another one featuring random party shots. But lest you risk missing either of them, here … Read More

The Cruiser Is No More

By December 19, 2008

As best I can tell, before today, there were three living nonagenarians who almost perfectly, each in his own way, embodied the 20th-century. All were born in that crucial year 1917, and two more or less carried on the key … Read More

Out of Iraq Now? Not Quite.

By December 11, 2008

The Status of Forces Agreement between the U.S. and Iraq was ratified on Thanksgiving Day, and if the holiday weren’t enough to drown it out of the news cycle, then the jihadist massacres in Mumbai surely were. Among those looking … Read More

No Church for Obama

By December 9, 2008

Call it my dark and seedy Straussian neoconservatism at work, but in my downtime I like to collect instances of atheism or agnosticism, especially in those credited for the supposed strength of their religious fervor. The worst aspect of Barack … Read More