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.

“Mission Accomplished”: 19th Century Tripoli

“Mission Accomplished”: 19th Century Tripoli
By January 30, 2007

Michael Oren's new book, Power, Faith and Fantasy, charts the history of American involvement in the Middle East, an involvement almost as old as America itself. Thomas Jefferson may have had his own conspicuous problems with domestic slavery, but he … Read More

What’s Left?

What’s Left?
By January 30, 2007

Shall I go out on a limb and say that Nick Cohen's What's Left?, which I haven't read yet because it hasn't been published in the states yet, might be the most important polemic you'll come by this year? Finally, … Read More

It Depends, Nic

It Depends, Nic
By January 26, 2007

Sullivan made a vague allusion to the mystery of mathematics, but Godel's achievement was anything but mysterious. It was a thorough debunking of positivism, the early 20th century philosophical movement that took empiricism to a radical and wholly absurd level … Read More

Our Worst Ex-President

Our Worst Ex-President
By January 25, 2007

Joshua Muravchik has a must-read essay chroncling the many hypocrises and lies of Jimmy Carter. Just to break with Jewish media tradition, I'll leave aside the paragraphs dealing with the Arab-Israeli conflict and instead highlight Carter's warm regard for despotic … Read More

Poor Andrew

Poor Andrew
By January 25, 2007

Now his literacy is being threatened by his piety: I believe science is one, important, valuable and respectable mode of thinking about the whole. But there are truth questions it has not answered and cannot answer. What I found insightful … Read More

Bullshit Reactionary

Bullshit Reactionary
By January 25, 2007

Now I'm using the King's English with bullshit: not as in worthless or disreputable, and not as just an adjectival grunt of disapprobation modifying the word reactionary. I mean it as in false. I'm not saying Dinesh D'Souza isn't at … Read More

“Definitionally” An Evisceration

“Definitionally” An Evisceration
By January 24, 2007

Sam Harris purees Sullivan's metaphysical slush: Now let me briefly address your primary charge of "intolerance." The sentences that you appear to have found most troubling are these: Anyone who thinks he knows for sure that Jesus was born of … Read More

Onward, Wesley, Ho!

Onward, Wesley, Ho!
By January 24, 2007

The stupidity of Wesley Clark's recent statement to a Huffington Post journo about "New York money people" (i.e. powerful Jews) exerting pressure on Israeli politicians for a military confrontation with Iran is made absurd by this defense of the general … Read More