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Criticism of criticism of ...

That’s the title of a famous H.L. Mencken essay called “Criticism of Criticism of Criticism” about the convolutions of critical theoretics. An article by Mark Minkjan in one of my favorite blogs, Failed Architecture, is called “ 701 more words


“Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.” 
― H.L. MenckenHeliogabalus

Djelloul Marbrook: Once We Had a Press that Gave a Damn

When I worked as an editor at the once great Baltimore Sun in the 1960s our style book prohibited use of the word rapist, preferring raper. 1,010 more words

Opinion Leaders

- H. L. Mencken

The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.


Old people in fiction

I haven’t undertaken a statistical analysis, but there are probably fewer old people in fiction than real life. Let’s try to find out why. Hey you over there, novelist, why have you no older characters in your books? 451 more words


Harper Lee to publish sequel to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Harper Lee to publish sequel to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ – The Washington Post.

“The beloved author will publish her second novel this summer. ‘Go Set a Watchman’ was written more than 50 years ago — … 358 more words