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H.L. Mencken

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  • The making of an opinion

    "All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced upon them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else." Remarkably enough, those are not the...
  • Public radio station cancels Steiner show

    Marc Steiner, whose radio talk show became a forum for Baltimore and Maryland civic affairs in recent years, was taken off the air yesterday by public radio station WYPR, which blamed sagging ratings. Barbara Bozzuto, WYPR board chairman, said in an...
  • Democrats acting desperately prior to the midterms

    Democrats acting desperately prior to the midterms
    — H.L. Mencken gets a workout in election years when voters are reminded by pundits of the curmudgeon's observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. Mean. But true? If you're a Democratic...
  • Remembering Joe McGinniss

    Joe McGinniss, who died Monday from complications of prostate cancer at age 71, liked to break the rules. His best known book, 1983’s “Fatal Vision,” provoked a controversy over the author’s methods; it was McGinniss to whom...
  • On Valentine's Day, Anita Loos' diamonds are a girl's best friend

    How is it possible that, until this week, I had never read Anita Loos’ “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”? Certainly, I’ve seen the Howard Hawks film. The book, however, managed to elude me -- until a new edition (W.W. Norton, $13.95)...
  • Paul Greenberg: Predictions of things to come

    Dear Reader, Season's Greetings! This New Year's column comes with my apologies to the shade of the late, not altogether great Drew Pearson, a newster of another century who used to broadcast his Predictions of Things to Come in appropriately...
  • Oscars honors Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury

    Oscars honors Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards — or as Martin Short called them, the "highest honor an actor can receive ... in mid-November" — were presented Saturday evening in Hollywood. And Short's joking comment...
  • Congress: The joke's on us

    Congress: The joke's on us
    In 1942, the popular detective fiction writer Rex Stout published a book about Congress featuring "the silliest, stupidest and most dangerous statements that have ever been made by men laying claim to being leaders of the American people." The book's...
  • 'Wolverine': Why the Lowest-Opening Superhero Movie of the Summer Is Also the Best

    Given its largely favorable reviews, its sturdy "X-Men" fanbase and the reliable draw of Hugh Jackman plus claws and effects, "The Wolverine" surprised more than a few onlookers by not exactly setting the box office on fire this past weekend. Fox's...
  • Obamacare's not-so-special treatment for Congress

    The Wall Street Journal's editorial board opens its latest screed against the 2010 healthcare law Monday by paraphrasing H.L. Mencken as follows: "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the cynicism and self-dealing of the American political class." I...
  • Mencken and me

    A friend and critic here in Little Rock -- well, definitely a critic and I hope he's still a friend -- submitted a guest column not long ago reciting my many sins. (Whose sins are few?) And we were happy to run it on the op-ed page of the Arkansas...
  • The times we live in

    The president of the United States, being a gentleman and a man, paid a compliment to California's attorney general -- Kamala Harris -- when both of them appeared at a Democratic fundraiser in that state. Indeed, he paid her several compliments when he...