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.

Nazi Humor

By September 18, 2006

A new book out in Germany chronicles joke-making under the Third Reich. Most of these samples, reprinted in a Der Spiegel article, are hopelessly soft-boiled and don't even yield the ghost of a smile: Hitler visits a lunatic asylum. The … Read More

Today’s Jewcy

Today’s Jewcy
By September 18, 2006

• Muslims still angry at Pope for citing Byzantine emperor on Islam instead of Michel Houellebecq: "There was concern that the killing of an Italian missionary nun by gunmen in Mogadishu, Somalia, was in retaliation for the comments." [BBC] • … Read More

Oriana Fallaci, RIP

Oriana Fallaci, RIP
By September 15, 2006

The Rage and the Pride was a little too obsessed with Arab hygiene for my tastes, but Oriana Fallaci could at least notice a threat far greater than the olefactory when it came her way. And given that a ridiculous … Read More

Today’s Jewcy

Today’s Jewcy
By September 15, 2006

What to read in the magazine on Friday, September 15: Welcome to Jewcy: Who are we, why are we here? If editor-in-chief Tahl Raz manages to go two paragraphs without using the phrase "subversively didactic," then the last five months … Read More

Angry Like the Wolf?

By September 14, 2006

So there I was, happily reading the latest American addendum to the Euston Manifesto, and feeling very sorry indeed for making the point, in my ongoing exchange with EM co-author Norm Geras, that this worthy document hasn't carried across the … Read More

Genocide is Such a Harsh Word

By September 14, 2006

Remember the good old days in Iraq? When the helicopter gunships ran on time, and the sweet smell of nerve agents filled the Halabja air? Sigh. What a time it was. NYT: “Why did he try to see Saddam Hussein?” … Read More

Heard Around the Office: 6:22 p.m.

By September 14, 2006

Do we have a toilet? – Izzy to boyfriend Andy. (Their can is currently in their kitchen. Fucking Williamsburg.)

Super Dave

By September 11, 2006

Proud and few are those whom the great Robert Conquest cites approvingly — and cites approvingly on Soviet historiography. I recently had the honor of meeting the grand old man, whose classic book The Great Terror: Stalin's Purge of the … Read More