In high-school math class, rather than paying attention to my teacher, I was furtively reading the latest issue of National Review (which, miraculously, was available at the Bartlesville High School library. Hooray for public education!). I would also read Joe's essays in The Human Life Review, many of which were compiled in the 1983 book Single Issues: Essays on the Crucial Social Questions. And his extended NR essay, "Pensees: Notes for the Reactionary of Tomorrow," was and is a masterpiece.
Fast forward 15 years, and I'm driving him around the metro. It was
There's much more to say, but my heart is heavy and I'm not in the mood. Besides, others will have plenty to say, and I'll start compiling some links below. Joseph Sobran, dead at 64. R.I.P.
"Joe Sobran, R.I.P." by Jack Fowler
"Bard of the Right" by Matthew Scully
"Extraordinary Joe" by Kevin Lynch
"A Noble Heart" by Robert Royal
"Not Your Average Joe" by Ann Coulter
"Joseph Sobran, RIP" by Lew Rockwell
"Joseph Sobran, R.I.P." by the editors of Chronicles
"Joe Sobran, RIP" by Tim Bayly
"Interregnum -- and a Transition" by Tom Bethell