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.

Why Herodotus Matters

By January 15, 2007

During the cold war, one of the common mistakes foreign policy wonks and Sovietologists made was to filter the adversary's thinking through their own cultural matrix. This was termed "mirror-imaging." It was comprehensible, according to this flawed logic, that the … Read More

The Big C

By January 14, 2007

Now here's the kind of talk we blues staters don't like to hear from Chappaqua cowboys: "[We should] make very clear that not only those who harbor terrorists but those who in any way give any aid or comfort whatsoever … Read More

Chavismo = Trotskyism?

Chavismo = Trotskyism?
By January 12, 2007

On the agenda for the Venezuelan president's new term: allow him to rule by decree for a year lead to socialist constitutional reforms reinforce popular education change the "geometry of power" or the way political, social, economic and military power … Read More

Janeane Returns to Stand-Up

By January 12, 2007

After correctly predicting that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction, Janeane Garofalo has moved on to smaller beer: She said she now spends her time taking copious notes while watching the History Channel, ruminating on the Big Bang … Read More

California Pays the Price for Barbara Boxer

By January 12, 2007

Watching CNN in the wake of the president speech's Wednesday night destroyed whatever foolish hope I may have had that there are serious Democrats in Congress not yet ready to give up on Iraq because the latest Zogby poll tells … Read More

CommentsWatch: Jacob’s Laundry

By January 10, 2007

Meryl posted a YouTube of an Answers.com employee named Jacob who went to Israel (via Taglit) and danced in place to a kind of Zionist mariachi tune in front of famous backdrops: the Dead Sea, the Bahai temple in Tel … Read More

Amis Does the Gulag

Amis Does the Gulag
By January 10, 2007

May Day come early: “House of Meetings” is a powerful, unrelenting and deeply affecting performance: a bullet train of a novel that barrels deep into the heart of darkness that was the Soviet gulag and takes the reader along on … Read More

ForumWatch: Should Israel Take Out Iran’s Nuke Plants?

ForumWatch: Should Israel Take Out Iran’s Nuke Plants?
By January 9, 2007

User Dan Freeman posts in our "Should Israel Take Out Iran's Nuke Plants?" forum (nicely installed by frequent blog reader Michael Nehora): The US isn't going on any military adventures any time soon. We don't exaclty have spare military capacity … Read More