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William F. Buckley, Scourge of 20-pound Bond Paper

William F. Buckley Jr., one of the fathers of modern American political conservatism, died Wednesday. Whether you agree with his politics or not, it's hard to ignore this positively startling fact from his New York Times obituary: in addition to writing and editing more than 55 books,

The more than 4.5 million words of his 5,600 newspaper columns, titled “On the Right,” would fill 45 more medium-size books. His collected papers, which were donated to Yale, weigh seven tons.

That's a lot of typewriter ribbon, people. And he was found dead in his study, apparently working on another column. Of course, that's the accumulated work of a 60-year career, but if I could summon the work ethic to generate a fraction of that output, I'd be satisfied.

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Quote:“I get satisfaction

“I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it and one is the feeling that I haven’t just been sitting on my ass all afternoon.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr."

Regardless of whether or not you were drinking Bill Buckley's cool-aid, his responses to the infamous "Letters To The Editor" section of the National Review were priceless (a collection was made up of the best ones, perfect for a coffee-table addition, go to amazon and lookup "Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription")

I was glad to see a mention of his passing on here, he was definitely someone who loved to write, not only was he the editor of the National Review, but apparently he's also written over 55 books.... that's ridiculous when you think about how long it takes just to even write a thank you note to a friend.

I wrote more on his life/writings here if you're interested:





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