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.

True Blood Libel

By December 5, 2008

All of a sudden, and quite out of the blue, life expectancy has lengthened — to forever. Vampires are everywhere again, from the high-haired matinee idols driving tween box office in the form of Twilight — a film written by … Read More

Sean Penn, Journalist

By December 4, 2008

Well, sometimes it really is just too easy, isn’t it? Much has been said about Sean Penn’s latest cover story for The Nation in which he purports to offer a fair and balanced perspective on the regimes of Hugo Chavez … Read More

Misfire: Todd Hasak-Lowy’s Very, Very Bad First Novel

By November 30, 2008

In 2004, Nicholson Baker, lately celebrated in some quarters for his argument that World War II wasn’t quite worth the trouble, published a rather creepy, inconsequential novel entitled Checkpoint. The entire narrative consists of one character confiding in another his … Read More

The Face of New Europe?

By November 25, 2008

Not long ago you’d have been hard pressed to find a more universally admired head of state than Vaclav Havel, a man whose name is synonymous with dissidence and who, at least in contemporary terms, most closely approximates the ideal … Read More

Jewcy Office Party Tomorrow: All Welcome

By November 19, 2008

We’re inaugurating a monthly office party tomorrow (Thurs. Nov 20) at 7 p.m. Free booze, snacks and swag, plus live music. Meet Jewcy editors and contributors. Network, kibitz, or just get pissed and go home with someone you just met. … Read More

The Peter Pan Myth

By November 19, 2008

At the age of twenty-six or so, having noticed that he was obviously not a particle more grown-up or less reckless than he had been at thirteen, he had been greatly relieved to come across a newspaper article by some … Read More

Keith Olbermann: The Short Version

By November 13, 2008

This is how it comes through when you switch from TimeWarner to Vios: Get the latest news satire and funny videos at 236.com. Hat tip: John McCormick @ TWS.

Egyptian Lawyer Suggests Arab Men Sexually Harass Israeli Women

By November 13, 2008

Nagla Al-Imam, an Egyptian lawyer, recently gave vent on Al-Arabiya TV to the idea that one form of "resistance" for Arabs to pursue against Israelis is sexual harassment: Most Arab countries… With the exception of three or four Arab countries, … Read More