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A Conversation Worth Revisiting

If you have never had the opportunity to enjoy William F. Buckley’s conversation with Mortimer Adler on the subject “How to Speak, How to Listen,” you should do yourself a favor. And if you have, you should listen again. It is time well spent.

Listening, it occurred to me that WFB would have been a very good podcaster. Though maybe he gained something from the apparatus that went along with having a talk show.

Mortimer Adler wrote a famous booked called How to Read a Book. One quirk of his career is a reminder of less rigidly bureaucratic times: He received a doctorate from Columbia without ever having received an undergraduate degree. He was refused an undergraduate degree because he declined to take a required swimming test. Columbia later gave him an honorary bachelor’s.

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