The Gospel of John

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out there.”

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

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Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

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To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new.

Scouting for Boys (1908) by Lord Baden-Powell

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I suppose every boy wants to help his country in some way or other.

The Holy Bible

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription by William F Buckley Jr

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

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Bill Buckley: I have wanted to tell you this for years: You are the second worst-dressed s.o.b. on television.
Cordially,
Harold Fliner Madison, Tenn.

Dear Mr. Fliner: Who’s ahead of me?
Cordially,
WFB

WFB: Actually, no one. You are tops. I classified you as No. 2 only because I felt it’d improve the odds of eliciting a reaction from you–and it worked.
Cordially,
Harold Fliner

Dear Mr. Fliner: Who’s the worst-dressed non-s.o.b.?
Cordially,
WFB

Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription by William F Buckley Jr

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

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Dear Mr. Buckley: The moment I saw that Time magazine selected Mikhail Gorbachev as “Man of the Decade” (for doing what Ronald Reagan’s policies forced him to do), the perfect analogy came to mind. If a miracle drug is ever discovered that cures all disease, Time magazine will honor disease.
Cordially,
Andrew Turnbull Epsom, N.H.

Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription by William F Buckley Jr

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

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Could we send a reporter to see you to find out how God feels about a number of other things? For instance, does He smile on our Westchester Weekly? This would be very important for our marketing people to know. We have a number of other important questions to put to God about people and products He favors. Please let me know when all this can be arranged.
Sincerely,
Abe [Rosenthal], Executive Editor The New York Times

Dear Abe: I have a feeling the Lord will take care of the New York Times on the eighth day. If in the meantime He weighs in more specifically, I shall pass along the information, always provided that what the Lord believes is fit to print.
Yours cordially,
Bill

Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription by William F. Buckley Jr.

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

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Mr. Buckley:
You are the mouthpiece of that evil rabble that depends on fraud, perjury, dirty tricks, anything at all that suits their purposes. I would trust a snake before I would trust you or anybody you support.
signed) A. Ruesthe [no address]

Dear Mr. Ruesthe:
What would you do if I supported the snake?
Cordially, WFB

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