RIP - rollicking in peace

by Kim on January 19, 2007

Apropos political piss-taking there was a great obituary of the American newspaper humorist Art Buchwald in the Independent this morning. I hadn’t heard that this Pulitzer Prize winning journalist had died (on Wednesday), and I was saddened. I remember as a teenager waiting each evening for my father to arrive home from work with the New York Post (which was quite different in the sixties from what it has morphed into); I would quickly turn to Buchwald’s column for his ascerbic but unmalicious observations and wit. The obituary quotes Buchwald himself on his gift: “All my life I have been able to sense a person’s weak spot. . . I use humour as a way to insult. For me being funny is the best revenge.”

The obituary (by the Independent’s fine US correspondent Rupert Cornwall) notes that the Bush presidency gave Buchwald a surfeit of material to lampoon, even after he had had a stroke. It ends with a quote which confirms what I said earlier this week about Martin Luther King Day: “If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it.”

My sadness to day is heaven’s laughter. I can almost hear the hilarity!

(This was originally a comment below)

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Andrew 01.19.07 at 10:51 pm

I didn’t realize Mr. Buchwald had died. Another great journalist from the bygone era passes.

AC

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BD 01.19.07 at 11:05 pm

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kim fabricius 01.20.07 at 12:04 am

Thanks, BD.
Regretting not having had more eclairs - it’s almost sacramental!

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