William Safire

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    "In the Event of a Moon Disaster": Nixon's Condolence Speech

    Wikimedia CommonsHouston, we have a problem.It's always good to have a backup plan. has posted Richard Nixon's condolence speech to the wives of the Apollo 11 astronauts had the moon landing not worked out. Nixon's speechwriter, William Safire, titled it "In the Event of a Moon Disaster".F ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 3, 2004

    Take a Shrill Pill

    Jonathan Reynolds' Stonewall Jackson's House takes an unfortunate detour from the incisive to the didactic