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H.L. Mencken

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  • Paperback Writers: Deep into mysteries of Hammett and Hemingway

    Paperback Writers: Deep into mysteries of Hammett and Hemingway
    Black Mask, the great pulp fiction magazine, was launched by H.L. Mencken in 1920 but really started to come into its own some six or seven years later under the editorship of Joseph T. Shaw, who would in time publish almost the entire pantheon of classic...
  • 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...
  • Education Matters: Election spawns discontentment

    Education Matters: Election spawns discontentment
    Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a...
  • '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...
  • Thoughts from Dr. Joe: On opposite corners

    Thoughts from Dr. Joe: On opposite corners
    On a recent Saturday, on opposite corners at Oceanview and Honolulu in Montrose, diametrically opposed perceptions faced each other waving their placards hoping to entice those passing by into the labyrinth of their perspective political ideologies. As...
  • 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...
  • Book review: 'Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned' by John A. Farrell

    Book review: 'Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned' by John A. Farrell
    Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned John A. Farrell Doubleday: 400 pp., $32.50 For five stormy, pivotal decades, Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) was a towering figure in U.S. jurisprudence and politics. He served as defense lawyer for the people...
  • Bookmark: Inscriptions tell their own stories

    The first house I owned was quite small, but it came with a wonderfully mysterious basement. Among the treasures housed therein was a wringer washer, a green metal cabinet that opened with a deliciously coffin-like squeal and a collection of textbooks...
  • What's in a name -- if it keeps changing?

    It was inevitable that Little Rock's national airport would be renamed the Clinton National Airport. The sound principle of not naming public facilities for prominent personages until they're safely dead now tends to be honored mainly in the breach. Here...
  • Book review: 'Holidays in Heck' by P.J. O'Rourke

    Book review: 'Holidays in Heck' by P.J. O'Rourke
    P.J. O'Rourke has written so many books of humor that no one is quite sure how many. I have it on good authority that it's 15, but since I finished writing this sentence, he may have written yet another. That's how fast he is. I've enjoyed O'Rourke's...
  • Chan Lowe: Mitt Romney's concern for the very poor

    Chan Lowe: Mitt Romney's concern for the very poor
    And they accuse Barack Obama of not being able to speak without a TelePrompTer. Every time Mitt Romney goes even slightly off script, he utters inanities so maladroit that they almost sound like he spent time polishing them.   It’s actually...
  • Pack it up! It's time for a Fourth of July picnic

    Pack it up! It's time for a Fourth of July picnic
    SOUTHERN fried chicken, coleslaw, biscuits and ham, brownies -- it's the iconic July 4th picnic, so popular (once upon a time) that it became a cliché of the culture, pictured in classic cartoons, nostalgic children's books -- and, of course, in ads for...