By William F. Buckley Jr.
Culled from 4 many years of the column, Cancel your personal 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 on. There also are hilarious exchanges with usual readers, in addition to letters from Buckley to varied companies and executive agencies.
Combative, exceptional, and uproariously humorous, Cancel your individual Goddam Subscription represents Buckley at his mischievous best.
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Sorry to be so long-winded but when I start it’s hard to stop. 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.
Sometimes these interviews can call for great intestinal fortitude and courage. I recall having gone to Columbia about a month ago only to be greeted at the door of the admissions office by 25 or so black militants who were in the process of seizing it. One character was standing in the vestibule with a bull-horn haranguing the assemblage about Columbia’s perfidy vis-à-vis black students. ” I remarked that if that were true then Columbia would be lily-white since the football team hadn’t been doing that well of late; no one thought me particularly humorous.
Best regards, Ted DMZ Dear Ted: You may resume bombing when ready. Now you have a sufficient motivation. Best, B. November 18, 1969 Dear Mr. Buckley: How do you square your “goddams” with your Catholicism? Are you really blaspheming (which I tend to doubt), or is there some distinction between “goddam” (NR) and “God damn” with which I’m not familiar? If so, I’d be interested to know how one makes this distinction in the spoken word; also, to have your definition and understanding of “goddam,” not in my dictionary.