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.

Petraeus Follows His Own Book

Petraeus Follows His Own Book
By January 23, 2007

In my article on the surge I stupidly forgot to include a comment about the uncertainty that Bush would adhere to the letter of David Petraeus' Counterinsurgency plan. Fortunately, the lieutenant general's a tough egg, and he's been given the … Read More

Most Awkwardly Self-Revealing Book Review Sentence. Ever.

By January 22, 2007

Typed off in a Guy Fawkes mask:  Anyway, how many writers would dare to sacrifice the appearance of sanity for the sake of absolute emotional and intellectual transparency? That'd be Lee Siegel on Norman Mailer. Natch.

Harris v. Sullivan

Harris v. Sullivan
By January 22, 2007

This one's almost too easy. If you've ever run the sink over a Quaker rice cake, you'll get an idea of the kind of mulchification that happens to Andrew Sullivan's intellectual integrity when he starts writing like this: My sense … Read More

Azzam al-Amiriki

Azzam al-Amiriki
By January 19, 2007

So you're the homeschooled child of Jewish hippies. You grew up on a goat farm in California, introverted but fiercely intelligent, into death metal and other people who are into death metal. Your life is a minus sign. You're looking … Read More

Russia’s “Managed Democracy”

Russia’s “Managed Democracy”
By January 19, 2007

I really can't think of anyone I'd rather read on the post-millennial White tsar and the new Russia than Perry Anderson. Reach for the dictionary all you want on terms like Gleichschaltung (Nazi Germany's version of "synergy": how great is … Read More

The Surge Can Work

The Surge Can Work
By January 19, 2007

Virtually everyone agrees that the president’s proposal for Iraq is doomed to failure, a hopeless effort to save the lost cause of nation-building in the Middle East. Whether this view is driven by ideological opposition to the war or fear … Read More

The Real Highlight of the Golden Globes

The Real Highlight of the Golden Globes
By January 16, 2007

… Wasn't Sacha Baron Cohen's memoir of man-Bagatov love, but the look on Zach Braff's face when he lost for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. By the time you read this, Braff will have blogged about how his feelings … Read More

Bad Noose

By January 16, 2007

It takes John Burns over five minutes in his audio recounting of the opprobrious hangings of Saddam's secret police chief and Potemkin magistrate to draw the obvious conclusion: these executions were death squad murders unwritten by the Iraqi regime.  Barzan … Read More