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Paul Levinson
New York City, New York, USA
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Fordham University
Paul Levinson's The Silk Code won the 2000 Locus Award for Best First Novel. He has since published Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel Eye (2003), The Plot To Save Socrates (2006), Unburning Alexandria (2013), and Chronica (2014) - the last three known as the "Sierra Waters trilogy". His science fiction and mystery short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards. His eight nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), New New Media (2009, 2013) have been the subject of major articles in the New York Times, Wired, the Christian Science Monitor, and have been translated into twelve languages. Paul Levinson has appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" (Fox News), "The CBS Evening News," the “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” (PBS), “Nightline” (ABC), and numerous national and international TV and radio programs. His 1972 album, Twice Upon a Rhyme, was re-issued in 2010. He reviews the best of television in his blog, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Top 10 Academic Twitterers" in 2009. Paul Levinson is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City


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OCTOBER 15, 2008 4:13AM

Christopher Buckley Endorses Obama, Leaves National Review

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Amidst all the heat and abrasion of this Presidential campaign, and Sarah Palin bald-facedly lying yet again just today that Obama wants to "raise taxes," it was uplifting and conducive to civilization indeed to learn that author Christopher Buckley (son of William F. Buckley) had endorsed Obama, tendered his pro-forma resignation to the National Review (which his father had founded) in response to the outrage of some of its subscribers, and the National Review accepted...

I rarely agreed with William F. Buckley, but could not help but enjoy his quintessential wit and intellect. The same cannot be said for current National Review editor Richard Lowry who, as Keith Olbermann and others vividly pointed out, was reduced to an embarassing fanboy in the appreciation he expressed for Sarah Palin's performance in the VP debates.

Christopher Buckley is cut from much better cloth. When Chris Matthews asked him on Hardball tonight what he saw in Obama, Buckley said he sensed a fine mind and first-rate intellect in Obama, and that that might be more important than his particular political positions. That is an intelligent reason for supporting a candidate if ever there was one.

Buckley entitled his endorsement published in The Daily Beast Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama ... I think William F. would have been proud, not sorry, about his son's sense of reason and intellectual bravery.

PS - And I see Buckley has just put up a new piece on The Daily Beast - Sorry, Dad, I Was Fired ... :)


And here's Buckley talking to Matthews on Hardball...
And here's Lori Harfenist's piece on Christopher Buckley on her Internet video show, The Residence, October 3, 2009.

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So there is hope after all...
Good stuff. Bright guy. I saw him on BookNotes (or BookChat or something on CSPAN2) last month, and didn't agree with many of his views, but just like his dad, couldn't deny his brains.

I was somehow unaware of him until this year, but he's with the same publisher as me, so now I watch everyone on that list. He did their September book. I wonder if it's a good or bad time for him to be announcing this. Publicity is normally good, but he may be alienating a big chunk of his base.

I can't believe the freaking mag accepted his resignation. And Lowry is kind of pitiful. A far cry from Papa Buckley.
"fine mind and first-rate intellect." Such a great reason to consider a candidate who is not from your party. After the last eight years of a president who probably should have been a produce manager at Safeway (although that is an insult to hundreds of produce managers) it's time to have the smartest guy in the room, in THE room... the oval office. Great post.
C. Buckley is a bright, wonderful man with a wit I envy on a daily basis. And, I agree, W. F. Buckley would be proud, very proud of his son.
like a light breaking through the clouds....
Well—although I loathe American conservatism, I loved William F. Buckley, Jr. If you weren’t entertained and informed by him, you were probably dead. Now his son steps up to do the right thing—and I find myself liking him also. Damn!

I wonder if ole Bill Buckley were still alive how he’d be handling this fiasco.

My guess: He’d probably be apologizing to God—and proclaiming that he would vote for Obama too.
The tide is turning on the Repubicans. I saw another chink in the local Republican armor in a friend today. Even though she cannot bring herself to vote for Obama, she has decided not to vote for McCain. I think that means she is not voting, although I think she will at least for the local elections. If they have alienated her, a person who was part of the 1% who still believed Bush was the President with the best morals, they have REALLY lost their Christian base...
VERY interesting and informative. Thanks for posting.

Based on the link you provided I found the following comment from C. Buckley:

" . . . While I regret this development, I am not in mourning, for I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern conservative movement stands for."

I think we're going to hear a lot of conservatives expressing the same thing.
The unfortunate bottom line for the "small c's" is the GOP was hijacked by the nutso "big c's."

And, here we are ... all of us: small c's, big c's, and the great unwashed hoi polloi.
From the Hartford Courant, Oct. 1, 2008:

"As William F. Buckley Jr.'s only child, satirist and former White House aide Christopher Buckley is poised to inherit a fortune worth tens of millions of dollars.

But as Buckley waits for the estate of his late father to go through probate court in Stamford, a former Random House publicist is fighting in a Miami courtroom to increase the $3,000 a month in child support he pays for the special-needs son he fathered with her.

Irina Woelfle's lawsuit blames 7-year-old Jonathan's learning problems, in part, on Christopher Buckley's refusal to have anything to do with the boy.",0,1518932.story
Roger, Don't be so rude to the tomatoes.
This is a great post and truly good news.