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H.L. Mencken

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  • Happy birthday, H.L. Mencken

    Happy birthday, H.L. Mencken
    Today marks the 132rd anniversary of the birth of Henry Louis Mencken, the legendary social critic who loved skewering the "booboisie" and anyone else unfortunate enough to wander into his line of sight. He grew up in Baltimore newspapering, and worked at...
  • Edgar Allan Poe house closes

    Edgar Allan Poe house closes
    The Edgar Allan Poe house closed it doors today, which could be an ominous sign or a new beginning for the small home where the great American author spent part of his youth. The Baltimore Sun's Chris Kaltenbach writes that the house and museum is...
  • Baltimore Sun in the news

    Baltimore Sun in the news
    There's a fallacy that reporters detest being in the spotlight. If that were really true, articles would be published without bylines. But print journalists have found that it's easier and more fun to ask questions than it is to answer them. Nonetheless,...
  • Viva House soup kitchen has provided 45 years of service

    Viva House soup kitchen has provided 45 years of service
    In a quiet block in Southwest Baltimore, a warm wind blows plastic bags along a sidewalk. Boarded-up rowhomes line the streets. A pile of mattresses rests on a trash heap in someone's former backyard. A lonely placard reads, "Stop shooting – start...
  • Brother Patrick Ellis, college president

    Brother Patrick Ellis, college president
    Brother Patrick Ellis, a member of the Christian Brothers who served as president of La Salle University and Catholic University of America, died Feb. 21 of leukemia at a Christian Brothers nursing home in Lincroft, N.J. The Baltimore native was 84....
  • In a word: omnibibulous

    A bonus word of the week for you, at the urging of colleagues: OMNIBIBULOUS This worthy word has not found its way into the Oxford English Dictionary. It was coined by H.L. Mencken, an inveterate foe of Prohibition and a stout defender of his Twenty-...
  • The persistence of ignorance

    A couple of years ago at Slate, Farhad Manjoo posted a little rant about people who insist on typing two spaces after a period, even though in our age of computerized proportional type it is not only unnecessary but contraindicated. The article proved...
  • Baltimore love stories for book lovers -- Mencken, Poe and Fitzgerald

    Baltimore love stories for book lovers -- Mencken, Poe and Fitzgerald
    With Valentine's Day approaching, it's a good time to review some of the literary love stories that have been set in Baltimore. In an article in the latest issue of the Sun magazine, reporter Jill Rosen highlights the relationships of H.L. Mencken,...
  • What does Morgan have to do with the College Park murder-suicide?

    What does Morgan have to do with the College Park murder-suicide?
    I grew up in Baltimore reading The Sun, The Evening Sun and The News American initially for comics then on to sports and finally the actual "news." I remember my English teacher at City College, Mr. Rosskopf, teaching us about H.L. Mencken and the...
  • Helmet-less cyclists come up lame

    Helmet-less cyclists come up lame
    I am a cyclist who has done big miles for a long span of years. I am also one who was hit from behind by a car in 2005, an accident which both projected me 85 feet into the air and required more than a year of recovery. I was lucky to survive and would...
  • Poetic passions, tragic partings among Baltimore's greatest romances

    Poetic passions, tragic partings among Baltimore's greatest romances
    Baltimore has witnessed love and loss. From the banks of the harbor to Mount Vernon's cobblestones to the grassed-over burial plots of Greenmount Cemetery, embedded in this city are vestiges of some of history's great romances, stories of people coming...
  • In books, Baltimore beats Denver

    In books, Baltimore beats Denver
    As the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos get ready for their big playoff game Saturday, there are plenty of opinions about how the teams and cities compare. But in one competition -- based on books -- Baltimore wins hands down. The East Coast city had...