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William Safire Goes Home

Ethnicity & Race / African American : New Black Man

Well before I knew who Ishmael Reed, Henry Dumas and bell hooks were, it was William Safire (and Russell Baker) who stimulated my love of words, language and writing.William Safire, Political Columnist and Oracle of Language, Dies a...

From the Archives: TNR on William Safire

US Politics / Liberal : The New Republic

Upon hearing of William Safire's passing, TNR went into the archives to see what we we had written about him. We found several book reviews, and an op-ed piece. Talk Talk, by Louis Menand, February 16, 1987. A review of Safire's boo...

Michael Jackson’s “This is It” is “I Never Heard” by Safire

Television / Reality TV : Rickey: Reality Tv

Michael Jackson’s “This is It” is “I Never Heard” by Safire is a post from: American Idol Michael Jackson’s “This is It” is “I Never Heard” by Safire is a post from: American Idol Wow. Sony is really trying to milk Michael Jackson’s...

Safire, 1998: Don’t Bank On It

Business & Finance / Investing : The Big Picture

In researching the Citigroup section of Bailout Nation, I came across this improbable 1998 William Safire essay on the Citicorp-Travelers merger. Surprisingly, Safire makes a strong case against the merger, making several points (be...

William Safire, 1929-2009

Media / Media Industry News : Columbia Journalism Review

Today brings sad news: William Safire has passed away at 79, of pancreatic cancer. Currently leading the Web site of The New York Times, the paper Safire called home for decades, is an obituary fitting for a fellow who loved languag...

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