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H.L. Mencken

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • '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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Book review: 'Holidays in Heck' by P.J. O'Rourke

    Book review: 'Holidays in Heck' by P.J. O'Rourke
    P.J. O'Rourke has written so many books of humor that no one is quite sure how many. I have it on good authority that it's 15, but since I finished writing this sentence, he may have written yet another. That's how fast he is. I've enjoyed O'Rourke's...
  • Mencken ponders American mediocrity

    Mencken ponders American mediocrity
    There are writers whose books are stacked on my nightstand: G.K. Chesterton, Samuel Johnson, Thomas Babington Macaulay — writers whom I spend half an hour with before nodding off. They are master prose stylists whose command and fluency of English...
  • 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...
  • 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...