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H.L. Mencken

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  • Steady-state looniness

    Every morning I check for dispatches from the locations in this broad republic where the simple wait to be practiced upon. And every morning I discover confirmation that H.L. Mencken's low estimate of the intelligence of his fellow citizens holds true.*...
  • Truth has not got its boots on

    Writing at the Daily Dot, EJ Dickson confesses to perpetrating a fraud: planting a false entry in Wikipedia about the Amelia Bedelia children's books saying that the character is based on a maid in Cameroon. She was, she concedes, stoned at the time and...
  • Calvin K. Kobsa, architect

    Calvin K. Kobsa, architect
    Calvin K. Kobsa, a semiretired Baltimore architect who was the founder of Calvin Kern Kobsa & Associates, died May 10 of complications after brain surgery at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 86. "Calvin will be remembered as a kind soul and a...
  • Look around you

    When I tweeted a little while back, "At the desk. Looking around to see if Strains To Be Cute, Eighteen Hundred Words, I Thought I Moved It, and Deadline Schmedline are working today," a younger colleague was eager to suss out their identities.  He's...
  • Who's the most influential Baltimorean of all time?

    Who's the most influential Baltimorean of all time?
    My former Baltimore Sun colleague Antero Pietila asks a big question on his Facebook page: "Who was the most influential Baltimorean of all time, and why?" It's a delicious ponderable, and the discussion it provoked has been going on for a week. We...
  • English is a big language

    A recent article at Slate by Gretchen McCulloch, "Why Do You Think You're Right About Language? You're Not," prompts some fruitful thinking about idiolects.  An idiolect is "not just vocabulary; it's everything from how we pronounce certain words to how...
  • Not by letters alone

    Print is another country, and from the time we first discover the correspondences between the world of the senses and the shapes of letters, we explore a parallel landscape.  Speech we begin to learn before we can even walk, but reading and writing take...
  • Lighten up about Easter burlesque [Letter]

    Lighten up about Easter burlesque [Letter]
    In response to Katherine Ambrose's complaints about the timing of The Sun's coverage of the MICA exhibit on Baltimore burlesque ("Was Easter the right time for a two-age spread on burlesque in The Sun?" April 22), I suppose the paper should also refrain...
  • Sun company buys Annapolis Capital, Carroll County Times

    The Baltimore Sun Media Group announced Thursday it has purchased The Capital in Annapolis, the Carroll County Times and other area publications and websites, a move that expands its journalistic footprint in Maryland. The financial terms of the...
  • Zero tolerance? Yeah, that'll work

    Modern frontiers in fatuity: Last week at Jim Romenesko's website, we learned that Chris Quinn, the content chief of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, was so incensed about the profusion of typographical errors at Cleveland.com that he announced a zero...
  • MICA exhibit explores the history and revival of Baltimore burlesque

    MICA exhibit explores the history and revival of Baltimore burlesque
    Sunny Sighed remembers her first exposure to modern burlesque very well. She loved it, but never dreamed she'd soon be a part of it. Stripping off her clothes in front of an audience — well, even for a performer trained in acting, singing and...
  • In a word: espantoon

    Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  ESPANTOON Baltimore can boast the contribution of a word to...