About William Murchison

William Murchison

William Murchison

William Murchison thinks there’s more to life than politics.

That’s the title of his mold-breaking look at modern culture, with foreword by William F. Buckley, Jr.

In There’s More to Life Than Politics (Spence,  1999) Murchison smacks around the prevalent notion  that politicians and power can fix everything in need of fixing.  His own assumption is a quieter one -- that family, religion, memory, and the little things of life outweigh our usual anxieties.  That assumption anchors all his widely published writings.

He’s Radford Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Baylor University, in Waco, Tex., a post he assumed after retiring from nearly 40 years with Texas newspapers, including the Dallas Morning News, where he was associate editor and senior columnist, and won numerous prizes for writing.

A seventh-generation Texan, Murchison (commonly known as Bill) was graduated from the University of Texas in 1963 and received a  master of arts degree from Stanford University in 1964.  Besides There’s More to Life Than Politics, he has published Reclaiming Morality in America, with foreword by Bill Bennett.  The book he has just finished, on the crisis in the Episcopal Church, will appear in 2007.

His writings are found in publications like the Wall Street Journal,  the Weekly StandardHuman Life ReviewFirst Things, Touchstone, and National Review.  His syndicated column, distributed by Creators since the ‘90s, began in 1981.

Married for 32 years,  the Murchisons live in Dallas, in a saltbox house designed (and partly executed) by Nancy Murchison.  The once-a-week commute to Waco takes less than two hours.  The Murchisons have two grown sons and one new daughter-in-law,  as well as a taste for wine, opera,  and Texas art.   They participate actively in community affairs and in the life of  their Episcopal parish and diocese..

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How to Miss a Big-Time Political Point Jul 16, 2019

We have a president who dons fatigues and steel-toed boots whenever he enters a room full of politicians and media types, promptly takes an axe to the refreshment table and then invites all in the assemblage to put up their dukes. All oblige — ... Read More

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We, the People of Hope Jul 09, 2019

Another "lightbulb moment," you reckon? The city of Charlottesville, Virginia, switches sides in our great racial embroilments, casting out Thomas Jefferson as favorite son and making a holiday in honor of, forgive me, the Yankees who overran the pla... Read More

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The Joys of Busing, Huh? Jul 02, 2019

As contrived for the apparent purpose of embarrassing Joe Biden, Kamala Harris' handwringer over racial-balance busing duly titillated the media. Who could suppose there was anything wrong with shipping children miles from their homes to satisfy what... Read More