The ad is from the final issue of New Times (January 8, 1979)
Actually, I am trying to my myself into my most belligerent mood for writing another letter. That letter will go to our friends, Quality Paperback Service. (Remember them?) Really, I have only meself to blame for this situation. I should never have gotten myself into this because this is only just another of a long line of "club" battles that these weary "check-writing", "protest-writing", "don't' send me another book that I don't want or I will kill myself writing" hands have seen.
It all started (the pain in just recalling this may be unbearable!) about 2 months ago when I, in my deluded simplicity, thought that it would be a good idea to take up reading some existential psych. (Little knowing that I might need some therapy in a short time.) I happened to see that QPBS had a 2 vol set of Rollo May -- so, ...I ordered it -- "in good faith", as Sartre would be sure to say. Let me digress here, kind listener, to state another part of my case (maybe this will be counted against me?). In a moment of crazed mental imbalance -- a moment of time in which even I will admit my lunacy -- I wrote to QPBS and actually told them that my address would no longer be at Pitt and gave them my new address. (Foolhardy girl that I am.) I think that when they saw this, they themselves must have been convulsed with laughter and awe. I mean, it was really a stupid thing to do ! I even told them my new name. Anyway--
After several weeks of not receiving my beloved Rollo, I opened my door one day to find a package which contained -- no, not Rollo!) but Light on Yoga! Now yoga is very nice, but it is not Rollo! Anyone can distinguish between the two, can they not? Now -- having already opened the package and seeing Yoga I thought that it must be an omen of some kind. Someone wanted me to have this book and eat up its contents. So -- I dutifully wrote to QPBS and told them I received Yoga and how much did I owe and the next day I got a bill (obviously before they got my letter ) for Rollo ($5.60 which I had already sent them a check for!) Weeks passed -- no word from QPBS -- I felt like K in The Castle. Then, I got Legend in America! which I sent back with a nasty (but not nearly as nasty as this one will be!) letter. Then I got something else which I didn't open cause they were not Rollo's size. I just sent them back. Then, last but not least, came Rollo -- last but waited for. So I was relatively happy til I got my bank statement and they haven't cashed any of my checks (I haven't balanced my checkbook for about 4 months for which Brook was so happy!). A week ago I got a letter from them and a bill for 2 books besides the ones sent that I never heard of -- myeer!