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H.L. Mencken

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  • 10 things you might not know about Chicago restaurants

    10 things you might not know about Chicago restaurants
    In honor of Taste of Chicago, running Wednesday through Sunday, let's take a look at the city's savory restaurants and their sometimes unsavory customers. Eat it up: 1/ Charlie Trotter, the influential Chicago restaurateur who died last year, once...
  • 14 things you don't know about James M. Cain

    Today is James M. Cain's birthday; the titan of noir writing was born July 1, 1892. The longtime writer is best known for three books that were made into now-classic films: "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Mildren Pierce" and  "Double Indemnity." Born...

  • A symphony of sympathy, but right note elusive

    A symphony of sympathy, but right note elusive
    The perfect sympathy card is any sympathy card you get around to sending. I give myself this lecture every time I go in search of the perfect condolence card, which these days is too often. Don't be so picky, I tell myself. Choose a card, any card. I...



  • Theater critic Terry Teachout wins a $250,000 Bradley Prize

    Theater critic Terry Teachout wins a $250,000 Bradley Prize
    Sure it pays for a theater critic to be right, but for Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal, coming from the right has paid off to the tune of $250,000 -- the amount of a prize he'll receive from the conservative Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation....
  • 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)...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...