Rolling Over in his Grave … Twice
Here begins the review of Christopher Buckley’s fond, irreverent memoir of his parents in today’s Boston Globe:
Oh boy, William F. Buckley Jr. must be rolling in his Sharon, Conn., grave.
First, there’s the annoyance that he’s actually buried in a coffin, when his instructions were to have his ashes commingled with those of his wife, Patricia Taylor Buckley, in a sculptural bronze cross on his Stamford, Conn., lawn.
Second, his only son, Christopher, came out in a Daily Beast column this past fall with, “Sorry, Dad, I’m Voting for Obama” – a defection that led to his readily accepted resignation from the New Republic, the conservative magazine his father started in 1955 and for which dad wrote 5,600 columns.
Has anyone told Marty Peretz?