July 22, 2014
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Here is Cydcor’s review of Buckley: The Right Word by William F. Buckley, Jr.
About “Buckley: The Right Word”: This unique book is assembled and edited by Samuel S. Vaughn, and drawn from the works of William F. Buckley, Jr. It is a greatly entertaining book to those who enjoy the finer points of the English language. It also explores areas such as diction, speaking styles, as well as the most common abuses of language.
Why Cydcor recommends this to future leaders: The clear, erudite use of language that Buckley employs when discussing the art of writing, past columns, belles-lettres, and more should be an inspiration to anyone who enjoys fine writing. Whether one enjoys Buckley because of his reputation as a political commentator, or admires his writing style, or if one simply aspires to be a better writer, this book from one of the modern masters of linguistics is a true must-have.
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Our favorite part: Throughout this collection of his belles-lettres, Buckley’s wit shines through. While some might deem Buckley “funny,” we know from this book that Buckley would have much more appreciated the word “witty.”
One section that expresses Buckley’s wit particularly well is as follows:
“The next liturgical ceremony conducted primarily for my benefit, since I have no plans to be beatified or remarried, will be my funeral; and it is a source of great consolation to me that, at that event, I shall be quite dead, and will not need to listen to the accepted replacement for the noble old Latin liturgy. Meanwhile, I am practicing yoga so that at church on Sundays I can develop the power to tune out everything I hear, while attempting, athwart the general calisthenics, to commune with my Maker, and ask Him to forgive me my own sins, and implore him, second, not to forgive the people who ruined the mass.”
Another great part of “Buckley: The Right Word” is Buckley’s series of letters from some of his readers. These letters provide insights towards the personality of Buckley and also show his unforgiving grasp of the English language.