Al Weisel

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Al Weisel (July 18, 1963 – February 27, 2010) was a freelance writer who lived in New York City.[1]

Weisel wrote for various publications such as Rolling Stone Magazine,[2] The Washington Post, New York Newsday, and Us Magazine.[3] He also wrote for Premiere, Spin, Tracks, George, Travel & Leisure, Out, Time Out New York, and the Bulletin (Australia). From 1999 to 2002 he was the Movies Editor at CDNow where he launched the video/DVD section.

In October 2005, he published Live Fast, Die Young: The Wild Ride of Making Rebel Without a Cause (ISBN 0-7432-9618-4), a book he co-authored with Larry Frascella,[4] which explores the making of the film Rebel Without a Cause and in particular the relationships between director Nicholas Ray and leading actors James Dean[5] and Natalie Wood.[3] He authored a satirical political blog under the pseudonym Jon Swift. There he wrote: "I am a reasonable conservative who likes to write about politics and culture. Since the media is biased I get all my news from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Jay Leno monologues."[6]


  1. ^ Archibold, Randal C. (2000-10-30). "G.O.P. Ends Calls Linking Some Clinton Donors to Terrorism". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Natalie Merchant Steps Back From Rock's Cutting Edge". The New York Times. 1995-07-23. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Rebel Reflections". FilmStew. 2005-10-05. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  4. ^ Zacharek, Stephanie (2006-01-08). "'Live Fast, Die Young,' by Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-22. ; Al Weisel and Larry Frascella, Live Fast, Die Young: The Wild Ride of Making Rebel Without a Cause (Touchstone, 2005), ISBN 0-7432-9618-4
  5. ^ "New and noteworthy paperbacks". The Roanoke Times. 2008-04-22. Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  6. ^ Blogspot: Jon Swift, accessed January 5, 2011