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H.L. Mencken

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  • 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...
  • 'America America' by Ethan Canin

    'America America' by Ethan Canin
    America America A Novel Ethan Canin Random House: 466 pp., $27 It's refreshing -- and almost quaint -- to see someone try to write a Great American Novel in the 21st century. These days, writers are more apt to pursue the Great American Screenplay...
  • Past presidents -- an inaugural quiz

    Today, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the nation's 44th president in a ceremony filled with tradition. Test your knowledge of ceremonies past. 1. Of whose inaugural speech did wordsmith H.L. Mencken say: "It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it...
  • Is Ben Mankiewicz turning TCM into a worker's paradise?

     
    Yesterday, we found ourselves trying to puzzle out why so many conservatives were losing their minds over the progressive politics of the amazing "Avatar." Today, the battle front moves to Turner Classic Movies, the cable TV oasis for movie lovers,......
  • Obama tells Democrats to turn off cable news and listen to the public. Fox, MSNBC respond by turning him off

     
    Fresh from his triumphant televised encounter with the Republican House Caucus last Friday, President Obama wowed the Senate Democratic Caucus on Wednesday. And, eager to "let Obama be Obama," the White House once again opened the forum to the cameras.......
  • Matt Weinstock, Feb. 17, 1960

     
    The Golfo Nuevo Case It distressed me no end to read how the Argentine Navy bungled things with the unidentified submarine trapped in Golfo Nuevo. First reports stated the sub had been crippled by depth charges and 13 Argentine warships were standing by...
  • Sister Carrie

    Sister Carrie
    Frank Doubleday publishes Theodore Dreiser's novel that helps establish an enduring Chicago tradition: fiction in the raw, tawdry but compassionate. Published on this date, Theodore Dreiser's "Sister Carrie" was among the most auspicious debuts in...
  • American Values, L.A. readers

    As the Los Angeles Times editorial board wraps up its series on American Values in the 2008 presidential campaign, we've asked readers for their own endorsements and ideas on the campaign. The readers' response, ranging from calls for experience and...
  • Ethan Canin's "America, America"

    It seems but a minor stretch—if that—to speculate that the seemingly redundant title of Ethan Canin's new novel, "America America," is to suggest that there are indeed second acts in American life. The book abounds with them, in the first...
  • 'Two Marriages: Novellas' by Phillip Lopate

    'Two Marriages: Novellas' by Phillip Lopate
    Two Marriages Novellas Phillip Lopate Other Press: 272 pp., $24.95 THE publication of new fictions -- the first in more than 20 years -- by one of our most reliable men of letters is an occasion worth marking and measuring. Phillip Lopate is best...
  • 'The Lincoln Anthology' edited by Harold Holzer, 'The Best American History Essays on Lincoln' edited by Sean Wilentz, Ronald C. White's biography 'A. Lincoln' and others

    'The Lincoln Anthology' edited by Harold Holzer, 'The Best American History Essays on Lincoln' edited by Sean Wilentz, Ronald C. White's biography 'A. Lincoln' and others
    It was Tuesday, May 30, 1922, the day of the dedication of the solemn and splendid memorial to Abraham Lincoln in Washington, and the ceremony on the Mall featured speeches by President Warren Harding and Chief Justice William Howard Taft. The most...
  • John Fante's great gift to Los Angeles

    John Fante's great gift to Los Angeles
    Cruelty, racism, poverty, lies, perversity and oversexed self-delusion: Could this be the stuff of the most lyrical love letter ever addressed to the City of Angels? Yes, and it is "Ask the Dust," the 1939 novel by the late John Fante, who was born 100...