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Social Justice Warriors Then

Mencken explains how to pursue social reform without eschatology or sanctity:

I do not hold, with the suffragettes, that the extension of the suffrage would bring the millennium, that the will to power would become the will to kiss, that sin would perish from the earth.

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Novus Ordo Seclorum

Quote of the Day

There are no mute, inglorious Miltons, save in the hallucinations of poets. The one sound test of a Milton is that he functions as a Milton.

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Quote Of The Day

Cigar Aficianado before The Magazine

The old cost of doing business in the land of the free and home of the brave, thanks to H. L. Mencken:

The fact that the Hon.

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Second Hand Smoke

Old Urbanism

H. L. Mencken was so much more than an iconclast:

The chief beauty of such a town as Paris lies in the harmony visible in its architecture, and particularly in the architecture of its private buildings.

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Being Human

Calculating Vice

H. L. Mencken poked holes in the numbers:

How little dependence is to be put in the tales of vice “experts” was lately shown in New York, when a man employed by young John D.

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Are They On Their Meds?

Why Literature Matters

“Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. 1,035 more words


Mencken on Machen

My interest in Dr. Machen while he lived, though it was large, was not personal, for I never had the honor of meeting him.  Moreover, the doctrine that he preached seemed to me, and still seems to me, to be excessively dubious.  355 more words

J. Gresham Machen