Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Thought for the day

Now that I'm not doing something new every day, I'm finally catching up on the knee-high stack of accumulated magazines. An article that struck me in particular was about conservative icon William F. Buckley.

Here's what Bob Colacello wrote about Henry Kissinger's euology:

At St. Patrick’s the faithful responded to Kissinger’s emotion-choked eulogy with sustained applause. “Bill Buckley inspired a political movement that changed American politics,” the former secretary of state intoned. “He founded the National Review that, for over a generation, has shaped American political discussion; he hosted an influential talk show [Firing Line] for 30 years; he wrote an elegant column. Every year, he authored a beautifully written novel; in what passed for his spare time, he produced several nonfiction works and delivered over 50 lectures annually. He was a passionate skier, an accomplished harpsichordist, and a daring sailor. He wrote as Mozart composed, by inspiration; he never needed a second draft … this noble, gentle, and valiant man who was truly touched by the grace of God.”

I agree with Buckley on precisely nothing, but I couldn't help but be impressed. A book a year? A lecture a week? Not to mention beginning an entire movement.

Frankly, I think the guy must have been twins.

2 comments:

Jeff said...

Maybe a pod in his basement?

Arthur P. said...

Maybe if his books were >100 pages, sure. lol