[VIDEO] Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.: Tom Wolfe and The Painted WordPosted: June 29, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, History, Mediasphere, Think Tank | Tags: Firing Line, Hoover Institute, Tom Wolfe, video, William F. Buckley Jr Leave a comment
[VIDEO] REWIND 1984: Christopher Hitchens and William F Buckley Jr.Posted: November 3, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, History, Mediasphere, Politics, Think Tank | Tags: 1980s, Christopher Hitchens, Firing Line, video, William F. Buckley Jr Leave a comment
[VIDEO] William F. Buckley Jr. Interviews Hugh Hefner on Firing Line (1966) Parts 2-6Posted: November 2, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere, Politics, Think Tank | Tags: 1950s, 1960s, Catholic Church, Civil rights movement, Firing Line, Hugh Hefner, Jonah Goldberg, Kevin D. Williamson, media, National Review, news, Playboy Magazine, Sexuality, Television, video, William F. Buckley Jr Leave a comment
REWIND: Reason Magazine’s 1983 Interview with William F. Buckley Jr.Posted: December 4, 2014 Filed under: History, Mediasphere, Politics, Reading Room, Think Tank | Tags: 1968 Democratic National Convention, Atlas Shrugged, Central Intelligence Agency, Democratic Party (United States), Firing Line, National Review, Reason (magazine), Republican Party (United States), Saul Alinsky, TheBlaze, William F. Buckley 1 Comment
I came across this delightful interview with William F. Buckley Jr. the other night when searching and browsing Firing Line video archives (see the 1990 Christopher Hitchens Firing Line episode, from earlier today, here) started reading it, and ended up reading it multiple times. What a pleasure to discover this. It’s captured from the pre-digital era, so it’s stored as a PDF of a photocopy directly from the print magazine, you can access the whole thing here. Below is just one image file, which links to Reason. The March 1983 interview reveals Buckley’s characteristic thoughtfulness, charm, rich vocabulary, humor, and well-mannered social persona, his Roman Catholicism, the founding of the National Review, decades of work on Firing Line, his friction with figures like Ayn Rand, his literary and scholarly alliances, and opponents, his spy novels, his views on libertarianism, contemporary conservatism, and much, much more. The Reason interviewer’s questions are good, too, informed, and engaging.
I was particularly interested in Buckley’s use of the word “schematic”, to describe what he doesn’t have an appetite for, favoring instead an eclectic and evolving world view. This interview barely scratches the surface. To get a sense of the fresh appeal (and timelessness) of Buckley’s thinking, refer to National Review’s “Our Mission Statement“, which Buckley wrote in 1955. As one NR reader notes, “the edits on this for 2014 would be minimal.” Though 1980s references appear in the discussion, I’d say the same could be said about this interview.
[VIDEO] REWIND: ”Is England Still Influencing America?’ Christopher HItchens on Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr., 1990Posted: December 4, 2014 Filed under: History, Mediasphere, Think Tank | Tags: America, Books, Christopher Hitchens, England, Firing Line, Michael Kinsley, National Review, PBS, William F. Buckley Jr 2 Comments
Subject: ‘Is England Still Influencing America’
Firing Line 1990