Mencken


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United States journalist and literary critic (1880-1956)

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Mencken, Rothbard, Vidal, Abbey: the essayists I was reading 30 years ago knew, as Mark Twain said, that irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.
And yet the book itself, unlike Mencken who died in 1956, refused to stay buried.
Given the "World-Savers" that preceded and followed Cal, Mencken said, "he begins to seem, in retrospect, an extremely comfortable and even praiseworthy citizen.
A HERO of mine, the Baltimore editor and essayist H L Mencken (1880-1956) famously asserted that the job of journalists was "to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" and I have always striven to comply.
Mencken, sadly, was right about the American public.
Mencken as he covers the trial for the outside newspapers, and is more and more critical of her father as events proceed.
Like these Mississippians, many of Georgia's most noted authors (including Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, and Alice Walker) published years after Mencken complained that "intellectual stimulation" was "utterly lacking" in this "home of the cotton-mill sweater .
Politicians want to reduce complexity and relish decisiveness but as the US wit H L Mencken said: "For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong".
Mencken observed: "The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.
Mencken put it this way many decades ago: "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed--and hence clamorous to be led to safety--by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
Mencken once quipped that ``No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people,'' and that may be true.
Mencken, who in the early decades of the 20th century wrote that the newspaper with aspirations to profitability should pander to the simple minds and baser instincts of the masses, scaring them with threats and then reassuring them with simplistic and unchallenging remedies.
Mencken addressed the National Conference of Editorial Writers in 1947, he pulled no punches in his assessment of the craft or its practitioners.
Well, sorry, but if this is the sort of prose that makes one a 'legend' to the New York Times, these days, I can state with certainty that the truly great journalist/writers of the past- Lardner, Mencken, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Oscar Wilde- have little to fear in regards to usurpation of their laurels with this work.
Mencken argued as much in an unpublished column attacking the West Ordinance:</p> <pre> Who ever heard of a plan for decent housing for negroes in Baltimore?