Buckley seemed impossibly exotic. We used to go into Toronto and prowl the used-book stores on Queen Street looking for rare first editions of “The Unmaking of a Mayor” and “God and Man at Yale.” To this day I know all the great Buckley lines. Upon coming to Canada for a speech, for example, he is asked at the border for the purpose of his visit:Gladwell is doing an interview in the NYT, and the question was "Who was your literary hero [when you were young]?" I take it he told the truth when he said William F. Buckley, and then, thinking of the NYT reader, he quickly acknowledged how hard that would be to understand and went into that you-have-to-understand-this-was-Canada riff.
Buckley: “I have come to rid Canada of the scourge of socialism.”In southern Ontario farming country when I was growing up, we considered that kind of thing deeply hilarious.
Guard: “How long do you intend to stay?”
Buckley: “24 hours.”
October 4, 2013
"This makes more sense when you realize that we were living in Bible Belt farming country miles from civilization," said Malcolm Gladwell.