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  • '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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • '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...
  • Tom Braden dies at 92; former CIA operative became columnist and talk show co-host

    Tom Braden dies at 92; former CIA operative became columnist and talk show co-host
    Tom Braden, a former CIA operative who became a syndicated newspaper columnist, liberal co-host of the CNN talk show "Crossfire" and author of "Eight Is Enough," a 1975 memoir that spawned the popular television series, died of natural causes Friday at...
  • A drama critic's turn to face the music

    A drama critic's turn to face the music
    Critics don't get much respect. (Pause here for raucous laughter.) If you doubt it, look up the word "critic" in any book of quotations and see what you find. H.L. Mencken's "New Dictionary of Quotations" is full of zinger after zinger, most of which...
  • 'Yours Ever' by Thomas Mallon

    'Yours Ever' by Thomas Mallon
    Dear Reader: You might remember "A Book of One's Own," Thomas Mallon's study of people who keep diaries. Well, 25 years later, he's come out with a companion volume, a book about letter-writers called "Yours Ever," and it's another mother lode for fellow...
  • 'Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong' by Terry Teachout

    'Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong' by Terry Teachout
    In 1947, jazz great Louis Armstrong got himself a new gadget -- a tape recorder, fresh out on the consumer market. It was a big, boxy machine that he set up in concert halls and jazz joints to record his six-piece All Stars so he could listen to each show...