Upon hearing of William Safire's passing, TNR went into the archives to see what we we had written about him. We found several book reviews, and an op-ed piece.
Talk Talk, by Louis Menand, February 16, 1987. A review of Safire's book Take My Word For It, among others. (We've only excerpted the Safire section.)
TRB: Holy Mackerel, Safire, January 30, 1984. An editorial on a controversy involving Safire and Charles Z. Wick.