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Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription: Notes and Asides from by William F. Buckley Jr.

By William F. Buckley Jr.

National Review has constantly released letters from readers. In 1965 the journal made up our minds that sure letters merited various remedy, and William F. Buckley, the editor, all started a column known as “Notes & Asides” within which he for my part spoke back to the main extraordinary and outrageous correspondence.

Culled from 4 many years of the column, Cancel your personal Goddam Subscription comprises exchanges with such famous 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 usual readers, in addition to letters from Buckley to numerous organisations and executive agencies.

Combative, amazing, and uproariously humorous, Cancel your personal Goddam Subscription represents Buckley at his mischievous best.

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Would you be kind enough to inform us when Mr. Buckley is leaving for the DMZ so we may arrange an appropriate farewell party? Richard D. Parker Michael A. Heifer Douglas Melamed Harvard Law Review Cambridge, Mass. Dear Bill: When I read the first of your two recent columns which concerned me, I was struck by your calm reasoning and eminent good sense. When I read the second, I was struck by your offer to retire to the DMZ if you could find one vote by me on a measure to reduce government spending.

With warm personal regards. qxd 48 8/14/07 3:42 PM Page 48 CANCEL YOUR OWN GODDAM SUBSCRIPTION January 26, 1971 August 25, 1964 Memo to: WFB From: Gertrude Vogt* I have been asked to pass this message to you from the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists--you cannot appear on any more radio or TV recordings unless you become a member of AFTRA. September 1, 1964 Dear Mr. Groot [AFTRA Executive Secretary]: Would you be kind enough to tell me what membership in AFTRA involves, whether I am free to join or not join according to my desires, and what are the sanctions used against me in the event I should opt not to join?

Schlesinger’s unpublished reply to WFB’s January 15 letter: Dear Bill: Can it be that you are getting a little tetchy in your declining years? Nothing would give me greater pleasure than debating you on neutral ground; you are quite right in detecting my feeling that such public exchanges would diminish rather than increase your influence. But is it really lèse-majesté to suggest that I am under no obligation to promote your program? As for others, let them make their own decision. qxd 8/14/07 40 3:42 PM Page 40 CANCEL YOUR OWN GODDAM SUBSCRIPTION individual choice!

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