The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 November 2007

So buy the farging book

William F. Buckley, Jr. tells it this way:

Halfway through my time as chairman [of the Yale Daily News] we published a letter from Professor Norman Holmes Pearson protesting my editorials and instructing us to cancel his subscription. When, ten years later, a subscriber to National Review wrote to say the same thing, I published the letter with the editorial note, "Cancel your own goddam subscription." I have to admit it, the license to make such responses brings absolute joy to an editor's heart, but of course publishers don't like it. For understandable reasons.

Apparently it didn't faze Basic Books, which has now issued a Buckley collection called Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription: Notes and Asides from the National Review, and I'm tempted to get it just to compare its tone with that of today's rather bloodless NR.

Posted at 2:24 PM to Almost Yogurt


So, are we gonna see you this weekend? Fruitcakes and fudge have been made & gifts are wrapped. You *need* your tree up.

Posted by: wamprat at 5:57 PM on 26 November 2007

Hey Charles, shoot me an email at okiedokiegames AT sbcglobal DOT com. I have a friend that is trying to get input from bloggers for a project this week.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 6:46 PM on 26 November 2007

(You guys who aren't getting the fruitcake — eat your hearts out.)

Posted by: CGHill at 7:43 PM on 4 December 2007