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Joseph Sobran, R.I.P.

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph Sobran [1]. Mr. Sobran was a favorite columnist of mine, and not simply because I generally agreed with him. He was an outstanding writer, as even most of his critics would agree. Some of his most memorable work was on his study and appreciation of Shakespeare, including the book he authored on the identity of Shakespeare [2]. I was fortunate to have exchanged a few messages with him earlier this decade when Sobran’s was still in operation. In my dealings with him, Mr. Sobran was cordial, thoughtful and very generous with his words of encouragement and advice. May God grant rest to the soul of His servant.

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#1 Comment By Aaron in Israel On October 1, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

I also enjoyed his columns a lot. I only started reading him within the last decade, after he’d been exiled. A lot of his political views were very naive, particularly on anarchism and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I don’t know anything about what he called his obsession – Shakespeare – so for all I know his crackpot theory on that might even be correct. Regarding what others call his obsession, I think Sobran was one of the best critics of Jewish power out there: most of the other critics lack both his eloquence and his honesty. If Sobran was an anti-Semite, then the world needs more anti-Semites like him. But even when one disagreed with him, it was always a pleasure to read such well-written columns.

#2 Comment By conradg On October 2, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

I saw and met Sobran when he addressed the Oxford Society (yes, that one) convention in SF back in 1996 or 97. He was great, and I shared his obsession at least for that time. A wonderfully open-minded and bright guy. Sorry to hear he’s gone.

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