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RIP William Safire

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 2muchcoffeeman, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/28/us/28safire.html?_r=1&hp

    Pancreatic cancer.
     
  2. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Regardless of his politics, one of the most brilliant writers of our times, a true master of the language.

    RIP
     
  3. sportsguydave

    sportsguydave Active Member

    Dang. Quite a run for pancreatic cancer lately. Hopefully all our hard work will lead to a cure in our lifetimes.

    Never agreed with a word he wrote ... but he was a master a writing it. RIP, Mr. Safire.
     
  4. JR

    JR Active Member

    His "On Language" column in the NYTimes was my favourite weekly read.
     
  5. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Same here.
     
  6. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Loved his column, loved his dedication to the language.

    RIP.
     
  7. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

     
  8. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Though fiercely a champion of conservatism, his politics of the 1970s would be considered today just a tad right of center. But a wonderful writer and language scholar.
     
  9. crimsonace

    crimsonace Active Member

    His language column was required reading in one of my college reporting classes.

    RIP to a great columnist (who often did his own reporting) and a great keeper of the English language.
     
  10. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    RIP, he will be missed

    I encourage everyone to read Freedom, by Wm Safire.

    When this book was published in 1987 I had pretty much stopped reading anything remotely serious or literary. This book rekindled my love of reading, and my passion with well written books.

    http://www.amazon.com/FREEDOM-NOVEL-ABRAHAM-LINCOLN-CIVIL/dp/B000YJO8K0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254097900&sr=8-2
     
  11. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member


    As JR mentioned, how could you not appreciate the "On Language" column?

    Always fun & always learned something from it.
     
  12. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    When I worked at one of the NYT's regional papers, the mother ship sent us a behind-the-scenes documentary-type film of Times reporters at work to reinforce good reporting practices (and just to show off). The one thing I remember about it was Safire calling some political big shot (the White House, maybe, or a senator). The receptionist asks him, ``May I tell him what this is regarding?'' and Safire fires back, ``I never say what I'm calling about.''

    Goodbye to one of the greats.
     
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