Monthly Archives:
June 2006

Reviewing Larry Summers’s Performance

Philip Weiss on

On Charlie Rose, that is. The outgoing Harvard President was on for an hour, rebroadcast just now. It was interesting to see him up close at last. Some observations: Summers seems a business executive by temperament. He’s too tan and…

Why I Hate Soccer

Philip Weiss on

Germany-Argentina. Two great teams, playing a great competition. And what does it come down to in the end, the farce of penalty kicks! And one of the best players in the stadium, Lionel Messif, has never taken the field. I…

More on Racism and Soccer

Philip Weiss on

Did I really pick the Netherlands for the World Cup semifinals? Boy, was I wrong. I emailed my high school pal, Greg McNair, who is a jazz guitarist living in the Netherlands. Here is Greg’s explanation: As far as our…

AEI Lands Leading Critic of Radical Islam

Philip Weiss on

Maybe you saw Ayaan Hirsi Ali on 60 Minutes. She is articulate and appealling, the Somali-born member of the Dutch Parliament who came close to losing her citizenship over errors on her asylum application of 1992. Hirsi Ali is world-famous…

Siegman on What Hamas Wants

Philip Weiss on

Last night on Charlie Rose, the great Henry Siegman said that he had met recently with Hamas leaders in Beirut. He related Hamas’s aims. Hamas is prepared to explicitly recognize the state of Israel. But it cannot do so without…

Can a Human Being Pull for Germany in the World Cup? Sure.

Philip Weiss on

When I asked a friend who lives in the Netherlands who he’s for, he emailed me to say Brazil, then said a few words about Germany: Germany—who’s for Germany outside of Germany? Although I must admit that the social attitudes…

Golf and the Secret of Life

Philip Weiss on

A bit of wisdom from John Coyne, speaking of his book, The Caddie Who Knew Ben Hogan, in an interview on Peace Corps online (Coyne is a former volunteer): Ben Hogan always said that he had discovered the secret of…

Tom DeLay Dismisses Valerie Plame Case on ‘Hardball’

Philip Weiss on

Tom DeLay was on Chris Matthews’ Hardball last night and boy is he weird looking. Too tan, too slick. I wonder if he’s had work done. But he said of Valerie Plame: “She’s not a CIA agent, she’s not out…

Why Should I Bring Up a Writer’s Jewishness?

Philip Weiss on

My most frequent commenter, a Mr. Anonymous, calls me a “Judenrat” for noting that Leonard Greene, the inventor who takes out ads against the killing of Muslims, is Jewish. Anon goes on: What difference does it make what religion Leonard…

Racism in Soccer on ESPN

Philip Weiss on

“Racism in Soccer” was the teaser line ESPN kept putting on the screen to hold its audience for the halftime show of the Brazil-Ghana match. When we got to halftime, it turned out to be a report about comments made…

My Night With 3 Half-Jewish Writers, and One 3/4, at Makor

Philip Weiss on

I want to say more about my literary evening at Makor the other night, and about the four authors who read from their contributions to the book Half-Life: Jew-ish Tales From Interfaith Homes. Laurel Snyder ran the show. The book…

Score One for Operation Iraqi Freedom

Philip Weiss on

Do not overlook Sabrina Tavernese’s splendid story in yesterday’s Times, “Amid Iraqi Chaos, Schools Fill After Long Decline,” which demonstrates that the invasion of Iraq has allowed more kids to go to school, up 27 percent in grades 7-12. The…

The Times Lichtblau Is Impressive on TV

Philip Weiss on

I was surprised to see reporter Eric Lichtblau of the New York Times, who co-broke the story of the Bush Administration’s surveillance of millions of private bank records, pitted on the PBS NewsHour last night with Curt Weldon, a Republican…

Once Again the Referees Ruin a Soccer Game

Philip Weiss on

Now Italy is playing the most important game of its life with a man down. Who wants to watch this farce? Soccer should change its foul rules.

Walt and Mearsheimer Get Past the Antisemitic Charge

Philip Weiss on

If you go to the Foreign Policy website, you see the new magazine cover with the giant question: “Does the Israel Lobby Have Too Much Power?” This is of course a response to Walt & Mearsheimer, who are given the…

Notes From Slate’s 10th Anniversary Party

Philip Weiss on

The Slate party last Thursday night in the marble hall of the New York Public Library was not at all tinselly Till Donny Graham Who served in Nam Toasted the great Kinsley

Should Journalists Face the Music?

Philip Weiss on

A few years back I wrote a tough piece for the Times Magazine about a Blake Edwards’ show on Broadway called Victor/Victoria. Edwards had let me hang out with the production as long as I wanted. When I wrote the…

How Being Wrong About Iraq Became a Resume-Builder

Philip Weiss on

Two weeks back, Paul Krugman got off a brilliant stroke in the Times, when he cited that “peculiar rule, which still prevails in Washington, that you have to have been wrong about Iraq to be considered credible on national security.”…

My First Marital Fight Over the World Cup

Philip Weiss on

In order to rationalize watching just about every game of the World Cup, I’ve been painting woodwork while I watch. Now that I’m in the bathroom, I have to move TVs around, and to do that I have had to…

The New York Times Agrees: American Soccer Is Too Suburban

Philip Weiss on

The Times today features a top of the front-page story on the making of soccer players in Brazil, from the slums of Rio—”the unpaved road to excellence.” Combine this with Henry Kissinger’s critique that American players are too suburban and…

The Israel Lobby and Joe Lieberman

Philip Weiss on

Afraid of the leftwing insurgency against Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut Democratic Party, the pro-Israel lobby is rallying to the Senator’s side, so reports the Forward. This is further evidence for my political hobbyhorse: That the Israel lobby is one…

How to Fix the Problems With Soccer

Philip Weiss on

The first two knock-out round games show everything that’s wrong with soccer: 1. Trench Warfare. Almost all the scoring was early, four out of five goals in the first twenty minutes or so. The next two and a half hours…