Peter Weiss attended Gettysburg College where he earned a degree in political science. A freelance writer, musician, photographer and occasional beguiling s.o.b., he’s a product of his time and place.
His teachers and touchstones include (in no particular order): Miles Davis, Mark Twain, Jacob Bronowski, Pauline Kael, Keith Jarrett, William O. Douglas, John Fowles, Joni Mitchell, Charles Addams, Friedenreich Hundertwasser, Carl Sagan, Maureen Dowd, Duke Ellington, Jonathan Winters, Mickey Mantle, Paul Klee, Sting, Brian Lamb, Diane Fossey, Buster Keaton, Jaco Pastorius, Douglas Brinkley, George Carlin, Robert Altman, C. Wright Mills, Roger Ebert, Oscar Peterson, Naomi Klein, Tom Waits, Russell Baker, Martin Scorsese, Studs Terkel, Albert Camus, John Lennon, Georgia O’Keefe, Thom Hartmann, Ingmar Bergman, Stevie Wonder, Emily Dickenson, I.F. Stone, Joseph Campbell, John McGlaughlin, Charlie Kaufman, Christopher Hitchens, Helen Caldicott, Ansel Adams, Oscar Wilde, Rachel Maddow, Dalton Trumbo, Bob Dylan, and Jim Ignatowski to name but a few. They’ve each contributed in their way to his understanding of the world.
A notorious name-dropper, Weiss was born in New Jersey into an America, which for better and for worse, no longer exists. A self-described ‘circular humanist,’ he loves animals and coffee ice cream.