By William F. Buckley Jr.
Culled from 4 a long time of the column, Cancel your individual Goddam Subscription comprises exchanges with such recognized figures as Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, John Kenneth Galbraith, A.M. Rosenthal, Auberon Waugh, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and so forth. There also are hilarious exchanges with traditional readers, in addition to letters from Buckley to numerous enterprises and govt agencies.
Combative, really good, and uproariously humorous, Cancel your individual Goddam Subscription represents Buckley at his mischievous best.
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I’ll write you again when I find out how this whole thing comes out (probably around April 15). Sincerely yours, Ed Vazquez March 24, 1970 Dear Bill: I do not see The National Enquirer or National Review or whatever it is called; but I understand that you ran your silly letter of January 15 to me in your issue of February 10. I gather also that in neither this nor the succeeding issue did you run my reply of January 30, though it had obviously been in your hands in plenty of time. In a better world I might have hoped that you would have had the elementary fairness, or guts, to provide equal time; but, alas, wrong again.
What one can say is not a goddam thing. Because the ideologized imposter who put the book in that category had not even seen the book, not a single review copy having been sent out (the existing edition is privately printed). I do believe we have here the locus classicus of book-burning, liberal style. Do you agree? Yours faithfully, Wm. F. Buckley Jr. S. Mr. Felker’s answer will be published just as soon as it comes in, but remember, the mails are very slow. Copy of a letter to an NR advertiser: Dear Sirs: I’m the drunk in your ad who doesn’t really appreciate good bourbon.
I hope Mr. Schlatter understands. At any rate, please give him my best. As ever, Bill Dear Mr. Buckley: Ben Griefer forwarded your letter of June 2nd, in which you politely but firmly once more rejected our annual invitation to come to Beautiful Downtown Burbank. I am writing to you in hopes of changing your mind. I mean, now, let’s face it Bill . . in a few minutes you could strike a blow for conservatism here in the very midst of our little hotbed of liberals, cuckoos and questionable characters of all persuasion.