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.

Inside Max Weber’s Head

Inside Max Weber’s Head
By February 1, 2007

Leo Strauss had major problems with Weber's breezy dismissal of the philosophical Ought in favor of the "non-judgmental" Is. (Also known as the difference between value and fact.) Nevertheless, Leo called Weber the greatest social scientist of the twentieth century. … Read More

A Blacklist The Left Could Use

A Blacklist The Left Could Use
By February 1, 2007

If Joy Division and Sisters of Mercy had a kid, it would sound like Interpol. If they had another, more promising child with a likely trajectory into grad school, that little bugger would be called Blacklist. Fronted by Josh Strawn, … Read More

Liberals On A Boat

Liberals On A Boat
By January 31, 2007

The ship runs on Max Blumenthal's partisan rage. But hey, the last time Richard Dreyfuss was in the water, things turned out peachy. Dear EmailNation Subscriber, We know that cruises aren't for everyone but they are for some people. So … Read More

Whoops

By January 31, 2007

Mr. Biden is equally skeptical—albeit in a slightly more backhanded way—about Mr. Obama. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” … Read More

Sam Stumbles a Bit

Sam Stumbles a Bit
By January 30, 2007

It's very hopeful for someone who trafficks in rational skepticism to make the following forecast: It seems profoundly unimaginative-and, frankly, dangerous-to think that we cannot possibly overcome the religious divisions in our world. What is the alternative? Do you really … Read More

Pasternak and the Spooks

Pasternak and the Spooks
By January 30, 2007

When Roy Jenkins, one of the four founders of the Social Democratic Party of Britain and lately yet another acclaimed biographer of Winston Churchill, was asked his opinion about the covert funding of Encounter magazine by the CIA, he replied: … Read More

Nick Cohen Pile-On

By January 30, 2007

Didn't take long for Nick's book to set les bien-pensant hopping. Norm Geras anatomizes one obsession of the left: One confirmation of the fact that Nick Cohen's target is a real one wider than the SWP, is the intense hostility … Read More

Ahmadinejad: “Neoconservative”

By January 30, 2007

Clearly the most arresting paragraph in Laura Secor's dispatch from Iran: No elected leader can serve, let alone execute a policy agenda, without the acquiescence of the supreme leader and his associates. But was Ahmadinejad one of the leader’s associates? … Read More