Happy Days Were Here Again, Again!
It’s the hard-to-find collection of WFB’s columns from 1985 to1993 – Happy Days Were Here Again, Reflections of a Libertarian Journalist. We’ve got 20 pristine copies of the 470-plus page hardcover edition, part of the private stash Bill kept at his Stamford home. You can have one for $50.00, which includes shipping and handling. Order here. BTW, here’s what El Rushbo had to say about Happy Days when it was first published:
The collection, which includes the masterly “Redefining Smart,” is pure pleasure. I dare you to dip into it anywhere without becoming captivated by the bracing prose, the hard-edged political analysis, the gleeful puncturing of modern cultural idiocy. Most compelling, as always, is the logic, the point-by-point, flawless construction of each case. The notorious vocabulary sparkles everywhere, but the words hang on the strongest chain of unassailable argument.
Not to mention the rough art of the retort. In addition to his skills as polemical swashbuckler, regularly replying to barbs in what sounds like very acid Latin, Buckley is a deft street fighter, in one ease dismissing a Washington Post pundit’s point with the useful: “What c-r-a-p.” More power to him. (That piece, “His Supreme Preppiness,” also contains one of my favorite Buckley lines: “the black lady who is alternately fat and thin, I forget her name.”)
Buy it here.
UPDATE: We have sold out of this item.