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H.L. Mencken

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  • Ruxton restoration is couple's 1920s love affair

    Ruxton restoration is couple's 1920s love affair
    If it is hard to imagine buying a home, moving in, and then restoring its 67 windows to their original 1923 condition, you can only marvel at the determination of Ray and Lynn Plack to revive Hiddenbrook, their Ruxton mansion on 6 acres just north of...
  • Ruffling feathers [Editorial]

    Ruffling feathers  [Editorial]
    Every once in a while, a media kerfuffle arrives that succeeds in elevating some banal stupidity to unimaginable heights of urgency and importance. At the center of the frenzy is usually some basic cable TV program of questionable artistic merit but...
  • Merely to provoke you

    H.L. Mencken published his occasional essays under the heading "Prejudices," his avowed and oft-repeated intention to "stir up the animals." In my own little way, I have tried to honor his example at this blog, realizing, of course, that every time I...
  • Charles Lindbergh lands in Baltimore in 1927 [History Matters]

    50 Years Ago Buttonholed  "Opens on Main Street  "Mrs. Juantia Mcintosh announces the opening of a Dressmaking and Altering shop at 149 Main Street.  Sewing will be the capable hands of Mrs. Ruth Botts who had her own shop for an exclusive clientele...
  • Obamacare and oversight

    Obamacare and oversight
    We don't know what kind of TV ratings the House Energy and Commerce Committee might have drummed up during its more than four hours on C-SPAN today, but we suspect they couldn't have been high. Surely, only a few minutes of testimony about the Obamacare...
  • H.L. Mencken, the 'Sage of Baltimore'

    H.L. Mencken, the 'Sage of Baltimore'
    Thursday marks the 133rd anniversary of the birth of H.L. Mencken, the influential writer, journalist, satirist and social critic known as the "Sage of Baltimore," who died at the age of 75 in 1956. In a video from 2012 (also above), The Sun's...
  • Mr. Mencken's 133rd

    To commemorate H.L. Mencken's birthday on this site,* it seems particularly fitting to repeat a salient passage from The American Language, a caution to all those who hold forth and English grammar and usage: The error of ... viewers with alarm is in...
  • MSA test is not only mandatory but useful

     MSA test is not only mandatory but useful
    We read with interest The Baltimore Sun's recent editorial calling for Maryland schools to skip testing every student in grades 3-8 this year because new assessments aligned to the curriculum will not be available until the 2014-2015 school year ("Md....
  • What Mencken would have said about the shutdown

     What Mencken would have said about the shutdown
    Baltimore sage H.L. Mencken provided several observations that are relevant to the current political situation. For example, he wrote that "people constantly speak of 'the government' doing this or that, as they might speak of God doing it. But the...
  • No objection to cutting

    It is salutary to republish from time to time this passage from H.L. Mencken's Thirty-five Years of Newspaper Work. People forget. During all my days of writing for the Sunpapers, I never made any objection to the cutting of my copy. It seemed to me...
  • Sun coverage: H.L. Mencken, the 'Sage of Baltimore'

    Sun coverage: H.L. Mencken, the 'Sage of Baltimore'
  • A challenge to young Obama supporters

    OK, young'ns, here's your chance. In two consecutive elections, you've carried Barack Obama to victory. When he said, "We are the ones we've been waiting for," he basically meant you. You voted for Mr. Obama by a margin of 66 percent to 32 percent in...