Thursday, February 28, 2008

WF Buckley tribute

From an article on “the aimlessness of American education,” by WFB circa 1960:

John Barrymore said he could induce a severe case of delirium tremens by reckoning the amount of whiskey he had drunk during his lifetime and imagining it all in a single glass (about the size of a small movie theater) poised for him to start all over again. The young college president, freshly in office, must pale at the thought of the miles and miles of clich├ęs that stand between him and that final baccalaureate address, twenty years hence, when he will say: essentially the same thing.