Synopses & Reviews
has always published letters from readers. In 1965 the magazine decided that certain letters merited different treatment, and William F. Buckley, the editor, began a column called Notes and Asides” in which he personally replied to the most notable and outrageous correspondence.
Culled from four decades of the column, Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription includes exchanges with such well-known figures as Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, John Kenneth Galbraith, A.M. Rosenthal, Auberon Waugh, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and many others. There are also hilarious exchanges with ordinary readers, as well as letters from Buckley to various organizations and government agencies.
Combative, brilliant, and uproariously funny, Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription represents Buckley at his mischievous best.
About the Author
William F. Buckley Jr. (19252008) was founder and editor-in-chief of National Review, host of Firing Line,” and the author of over fifty books of fiction and nonfiction. He served a stint with the CIA, helped found the Young Americans for Freedom in 1960, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H.W. Bush in 1991. He died in February, 2008.