This month, our Book-of-the-Month selection was Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription by William F. Buckley, Jr. As regular blog readers now, I often lament how toxic our political discourse has become of late, so it was with much trepidation that I selected a book by someone as "ideological" as Mr. Buckley. But in the wake of his passing, it was amazing to see how many "liberals" had effusive praise for William F. Buckley, Jr. the man. While they may have disagreed vehemently with his views, he had a joie de vivre that made him admired by friends and foes.
Besides, Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription is hardly a "political" book — it’s more a compendium of correspondence between WFB and readers of the National Review, guests on Firing Line, and politicians ranging from Richard Nixon to Ted Kennedy. There are two things I enjoyed about the book: (1) Buckley’s infamous wit, and (2) the sheer volume of handwritten correspondence that Buckley must have engaged in over his lifetime. While I would consider myself "above-average" in terms of the number of notes I write, that isn’t saying much these days.
So…in the interests of encouraging an old school form of correspondence, we have a quick little promotion. Handwrite us a note on your own personalized stationery postmarked by Monday, April 7th, and we’ll send you back a small token of our appreciation (a double-secret bonus will be included if you’re stationery is letterpressed, and triple-secret bonus if you bought it from us!).