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Archive for April, 2012

William Safire’s “On Language” Research Files

Friday, April 20th, 2012

By Ben Chartoff, William Safire Graduate Student Assistant William Safire worked as a columnist at the New York Times for over thirty years, and was an incredibly well-respected member of the paper’s staff. The research files are filled with memos and informal notes between Safire and other members of the staff, including frequent, friendly letters […]

Palindromes

Friday, April 6th, 2012

By Ben Chartoff, William Safire Graduate Student Assistant Sitting at my desk, reading through William Safire’s research files and columns, I often found myself laughing out loud. In all Safire’s writing, from his carefully constructed columns to his hastily scrawled notes, he could be hilarious – his voice had a wonderful mix of tongue-in-cheek snark […]