According to Garry Wills, regarding creepy pseudointellectual Bill Buckley,
One of his teachers at Yale, the philosopher Paul Weiss, told me that Bill was very good at discussing books he had not read.
He also claims
Bill was not, and did not pretend to be, a real intellectual.
Did not pretend to be? 1504 episodes of Firing Line say otherwise. According to Chico Marx in Duck Soup
Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?
When you find yourself despairing, “I’m wasting my life!”, just think of Bill Buckley and know, “It could be worse.”