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Oldies but Goodies

On the homepage today, I do some fundraising, and talk about WFB.

One of the most recurring phrases around here is “Buckley legacy.” What does it mean? I suppose it means different things to different people. WFB was big and multifaceted, and so is his “legacy.”

Here is another little section:

WFB was devoted to high culture. And at his table were many, many artists. I thought of one of them the other night, for I reviewed her in recital.

This was Sharon Isbin. WFB said to her, “So, I understand you’re the best guitarist in the world.” She responded, “No, no. There is no ‘best guitarist in the world.’ That would be like saying there’s a best writer or something” — whereupon the great writer flashed his 1,000-watt smile and said, “Waal … ”

I have a new episode of Jaywalking, which I begin with that story. Actually, I begin with some music — Sharon Isbin playing Asturias, by Isaac Albéniz. I then talk about Jerusalem, the NFL, Theresa May (two of them), and other things. I end with what may be the most beautiful song ever written — an oldie (like 1600) but goodie.

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