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H.L. Mencken

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  • 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...
  • The state of the language

    What ever happened to the once strong, vital, unique American language? It hasn't been seen in some time. Maybe because it's been completely covered by the thicket of "you knows" and "whatevers" and various other verbal tics that by now have overwhelmed...
  • 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...
  • Chan Lowe: Marco Rubio's State of the Union rebuttal

    Chan Lowe: Marco Rubio's State of the Union rebuttal
    While going through the Letters to the Editor inbox this morning, I uncovered a particularly nasty epistle. The author felt that Marco Rubio had a lot of gall with his intention to deliver part of his official rebuttal to the State of the Union address in...
  • Man About Town: Valentine's candyland at Sweet! Hollywood

    Man About Town: Valentine's candyland at Sweet! Hollywood
    I'm in my traditional Cupidian buying frenzy leading up to Valentine's Day, my major organs bursting with good intentions, not knowing quite where to turn, getting a little angry about it actually — the frustrations of unbridled romance, bordering...
  • A Word, Please: Rest easy for a period

    An island nation you can't find on a map can threaten your retirement savings. Your health insurer could refuse to pay your medical bills by arguing you're covered only if someone drops a baby grand piano on your head, not an upright. On any given day,...
  • Powerful courtroom moments in the open-air 'Inherit the Wind'

    Powerful courtroom moments in the open-air 'Inherit the Wind'
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's oft-produced 1955 courtroom drama, based on the famous Scopes "monkey trial" of 1925, was intended — like Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" — to use earlier events in American history as a frame for examining...
  • Paperback Writers: Deep into mysteries of Hammett and Hemingway

    Paperback Writers: Deep into mysteries of Hammett and Hemingway
    Black Mask, the great pulp fiction magazine, was launched by H.L. Mencken in 1920 but really started to come into its own some six or seven years later under the editorship of Joseph T. Shaw, who would in time publish almost the entire pantheon of classic...
  • This Sunday: James M. Cain minus the noir

     
    James M. Cain's lengthy essay "Paradise" is reprinted this week. We also include some faces to watch in 2012...
  • Rodriguez: The 'Mad Men' mystique

    Rodriguez: The 'Mad Men' mystique
    Who the heck would want to be like Betty or her ad man ex, Don? That's what I asked myself recently when I passed a Banana Republic window display featuring the retailer's new "Mad Men"-inspired clothing collection. "Are you a Betty?" read a poster with...
  • Boomers vs. Gen Xers: Who's had it better?

     
    Age doesn’t define us the way it did for baby boomers, wrote Alene Dawson in a recent Image feature about Gen Xers now rounding 40. Thanks in part to progress made by boomers -- especially the activists among them who......