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H.L. Mencken

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  • Boomers vs. Gen Xers: Who's had it better?

     
    Age doesn’t define us the way it did for baby boomers, wrote Alene Dawson in a recent Image feature about Gen Xers now rounding 40. Thanks in part to progress made by boomers -- especially the activists among them who......
  • Michele Bachmann and me -- like twins!

     
    Michele Bachmann, my political soul sister! I've been saying for weeks that Democrats are missing a huge opportunity if they don't make these six words the centerpiece of their economic campaign: "Bring back the Reagan tax rates." And now I......
  • Pages of History – The Walrus of Moron-Land

     
    came across this article from the February 1928 issue of “The American Mercury” while researching the 1910 bombing of The Times. It’s a bit difficult to determine from ProQuest precisely when Louis Sherwin [Hugo Louis Sherwin Golitz] worked for...
  • In our pages: E.L. Doctorow, Colm Toibin, boxing, Lee Krasner

     
    In Sundays pages, we review short story collections by E.L. Doctorow and Colm Toibin, a biography of Lee Krasner, a new anthology of writing about boxing and more....
  • The Reading Life: Revisiting 'Mildred Pierce'

     
    Reading Mildred Pierce, book critic David L. Ulin says, proves James M. Cain was not a great hard-boiled novelist but a great novelist period....
  • From the Stacks – 'Facts You Should Know About California'

     
    Since March, when I examined Louis Adamic’s “The Truth About Los Angeles,” I have been hunting the other pamphlets he wrote for E. Haldeman-Julius. A box of a dozen musty tracts arrived Friday, courtesy of EBay, and I immediately dug.......
  • The Morning Fix: 'Hangover II' cures Hollywood blues. PBS hacked! Dauman made how much?

     
    After the coffee. Before pretending to be excited about going back to work. The Skinny. I went into "Hangover II" not expecting much and I wasn't disappointed. I walked out after about an hour. My rule is: You may steal......
  • $100,000 Kingsley Tufts poetry prize accepting nominations

     
    Kingsley Tufts smoked a pipe and wrote poetry about martinis. His widow sold their house to establish a $100,000 poetry award in his name....
  • A Hollywood Riddle: Why do we always think current movies are worse than ever?

     
    In the middle of Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” Owen Wilson’s character finds himself mysteriously transported to the Paris of the 1920s, which is populated with a host of cultural icons, including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott...
  • 'Prejudices: The Complete Series,' H.L. Mencken

    'Prejudices: The Complete Series,' H.L. Mencken
    Prejudices The Complete Series H.L. Mencken 2 volume, boxed set Library of America, $70 There are writers whose books are stacked on my nightstand: G.K. Chesterton, Samuel Johnson, Thomas Babington Macaulay — writers whom I spend half an hour...
  • Book review: 'At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing,' edited by George Kimball and John Schulian

    Book review: 'At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing,' edited by George Kimball and John Schulian
    At the Fights American Writers on Boxing Edited by George Kimball & John Schulian Library of America: 517 pp., $35 Part freak show, part sitcom, part mortal combat — ah, yes, behold the world of professional prizefighting, the face-break...
  • Mencken ponders American mediocrity

    Mencken ponders American mediocrity
    There are writers whose books are stacked on my nightstand: G.K. Chesterton, Samuel Johnson, Thomas Babington Macaulay — writers whom I spend half an hour with before nodding off. They are master prose stylists whose command and fluency of English...