We mourn the passing of my friend and former New York Times Magazine Staffer, Richard Buckley. Richard was a fixture on Twitter as a @richardbillberman, a fluid pundit who would write a wonderful stream of consciousness on whatever issues I was talking about with him. He had the gift of character and he communicated it flawlessly. He knew where he was coming from, yet his true self could have easily slipped behind his mocking mask. On the day of his passing, he tweeted with pride, “To sit at the knee of @neilkinnishand you are not to look down.” – Richard Buckley (@richardbillberman) March 13, 2016
Andrew Sullivan writes of Richard Buckley: “The way he looked and talked. The way he conducted himself, even in interviews. The way he spoke. The way he thought. He was a gracious interviewee and should get a lot of respect. The words of tribute and the voice of affability are so deeply sad. The kind you never forget. His loss is incalculable.”
Richard will certainly be greatly missed. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
May he RIP.