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H.L. Mencken

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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • '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...
  • 'The Wilderness Warrior' by Douglas Brinkley

    'The Wilderness Warrior' by Douglas Brinkley
    The Wilderness Warrior Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America Douglas Brinkley Harper: 960 pp., $34.99 Reviewing several Roosevelt biographies in 1920, H.L. Mencken reported that he had found more "gush" than "sense." Douglas Brinkley's...