Today marks one year since William F. Buckley passed away. As a conservative and, especially, as a proponent of elegant English, Buckley was an idol of mine. I remember getting his little book, The Lexicon, when I was in college. I found joy on every page.
Since then, I’ve delighted in his many books and articles, though I’ve yet to read one of his spy novels. In tribute, might I recommend an article of his on a subject near and dear to my heart: follow this link and enter these key words to search: defense use unusual words. The article with those words in the title will come up for your languorous perusal. (I couldn’t find a direct link to it. Sorry.)
A terrific memorial is up today at National Review, the vanguard political establishment that Buckley founded, and which remains the best print voice for the movement. Even the New York Times ran a respectful obit when he died, which gave a solid overview of Buckley’s career in commentary and composition.