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.

Norman Mailer’s Greatest Hits, Phillipics, Stabbings, Etc.

Norman Mailer’s Greatest Hits, Phillipics, Stabbings, Etc.
By January 8, 2007

New York magazine outdoes itself this week with a potted history of Norman Mailer's Literary Brawls. Some color commentary by your obediant servant: Adele Morales Mailer Crime: Calling her husband a “faggot” when he was drunk and stoned at 4 … Read More

Histrionics Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning

Histrionics Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning
By January 8, 2007

Are Christian fundamentalists who believe only in the separation of church and heaven worthy of the term "fascist"? According to Chris Hedges, they are. But more than that, they're analogous to the Nazis in 1933, poised with as much lethal … Read More

Relax, People. It’s Just New Jersey.

By January 8, 2007

Yeah, it's that menacing Newark cell of Al Qaeda:  Authorities were investigating widespread reports today of a strong odor that many described as similar to natural gas, permeating parts of New York City and nearby areas of New Jersey during … Read More

Jewcy Outsources: Introducing Meryl Yourish

Jewcy Outsources:  Introducing Meryl Yourish
By January 8, 2007

Continuing our adventures in fobbing off work to better qualified people, we offer you this week the fine blogging style of Ms. Meryl Yourish. She's a conservative Jewish cyber-celebrity, the brains and keyboard behind Yourish.com, who loves Mark Twain and … Read More

Plus Ca Surge, Plus C’est Le Meme Chose

Plus Ca Surge, Plus C’est Le Meme Chose
By January 7, 2007

"Police state" is not a term one wishes to apply to post-Saddam Iraq, and yet policing is exactly what the strained sinews of state will be tasked with for the foreseeable future. Time reports on the tepid "surge" option: There … Read More

The Executioner’s Sura

The Executioner’s Sura
By January 7, 2007

The estimable John Burns gives a comprehensive account of what happened in the days and hours leading up to Saddam's lynching. The key question that emerges from this five-page chronologue is: Why did Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen. Casey choose last … Read More

Another Communist Agent: The Archbishop of Warsaw

Another Communist Agent: The Archbishop of Warsaw
By January 5, 2007

The history of Catholic opposition to Communism has been greatly exaggerated. "How many divisions has the pope," Stalin, in one of his frequent fits of hubrisitic stupidity, once remarked, thus arming half a century's worth of cold warriors — and … Read More

Mubarak on “Martyr” Saddam

Mubarak on “Martyr” Saddam
By January 5, 2007

The "president-for-life," who recently held a Potemkin election in Egypt to show that his title is more than an honorific, thinks Saddam Hussein's execution merits the m-word: No-one will ever forget the way in which Saddam was executed – they … Read More