| Dec 23, 2013
| 9:54 AM
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...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 6:12 PM
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...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 5:27 AM
Peggy Thalheimer remembers the first time she went to Maison Marconi's. It was 1973, and she had just moved to Charm City.
"My husband told me he was going to take me to the best restaurant in Baltimore," said Thalheimer, who acknowledged that the...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:55 AM
50 Years Ago
"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...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 11:47 AM
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...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 2:45 PM
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...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 11:13 AM
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...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 11:00 AM
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....
| Oct 9, 2013
| 7:00 AM
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...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 9:10 AM
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...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 1:52 PM
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...
| Sep 12, 2012
| 1:41 PM