THE HOLIDAY: Jon Carroll of the SF Chronicle reprints his annual Why I love Thanksgiving essay, a favorite of mine over the years, here. Christopher Hitchens reflects on what makes this holiday America's most distinctive. And George Will takes a moment to honor the incomparable Bill Buckley on the occasion of his 80th:
Buckley, so young at 80, was severely precocious at 7 when he wrote a starchy letter to the king of England demanding payment of Britain's war debts. Seventy-three years on, Buckley's country is significantly different, and better, because of him. Of how many journalists, ever, can that be said? One.