To the editors of the 2010 G.A.S.W. Almanac:
Esteemed riders of the range (and what range your genre has!),
many thanks for last year's G.A.S.W. almanac. As usual you've treated us to some superb grub for thought. Am going to eke out my reading of the aforesaid so that it lasts me for weeks of Upper Bavarian
s-bahn roaming. The piece "The Western as Parable of America" deserves a special mention, crammed full as it is with the scintillating erudition of messrs. Peter B. and Peter N.
Talking of the latter G.A.S.W. movers and shakers, please convey to them that we native speakers and readers greatly admire their literary output. We are still mystified by the fact that the University of Münster, who had the good fortune to be graced by such a unique outfit as the G.A.S.W. for some years, jettisoned the German Association for the Study of the Western without even attempting to provide an explanation for the despicable act of bibliocide it perpetrated.
Yours faithfully, Peter Hays, graduate of Exeter University (England), journalist and Penguin paperback writer.