“Where is the graveyard of dead gods?” H. L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan

Repetition Generale By H. L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan (from The Smart Set, March, 1922) THRENODY.— Where is the graveyard of dead gods? What lingering mourner waters their mounds? There was a day when Jupiter was the king of all the gods, and any man who doubted his puissance was ipso facto a barbarian … Continue reading “Where is the graveyard of dead gods?” H. L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan

Mark Twain’s Americanism by H.L. Mencken (1917)

Mark Twain’s Americanism by H.L. Mencken (1917) When Mark Twain died, in 1910, one of the magnificos who paid public tribute to him was William H. Taft, then President of the United States. “Mark Twain,” said Dr. Taft, “gave real intellectual enjoyment to millions, and his works will continue to give such pleasure to millions … Continue reading Mark Twain’s Americanism by H.L. Mencken (1917)

Interviews from the HL Mencken Club 2010 conference…

Craig Bodeker filmed a series of interviews at this year’s HL Mencken Club event, I’ve embedded a few of them: John Derbyshire famously claimed “we are doomed,” but as he reveals, his rejection of utopia, wishful thinking, and pretty lies doesn’t entail gloom but a sober, empirically grounded conservatism. Is race a social construct? Are … Continue reading Interviews from the HL Mencken Club 2010 conference…

H.L. Mencken calls for a “new Ingersoll”

The American Mercury Volume 3, Number 11 November 1924 pages 290-293 EDITORIAL WHAT the country lacks is obviously an Ingersoll. It is, indeed, a wonder that the chautauquas have never spewed one forth. Certainly there must be many a jitney Demosthenes on those lonely circuits who tires mightily of the standard balderdash, and longs with … Continue reading H.L. Mencken calls for a “new Ingersoll”

HL Mencken on The Crowd

The Crowd Gustave Le Bon and his school, in their discussions of the psychology of crowds, have put forward the doctrine that the individual man, cheek by jowl with the multitude, drops down an intellectual peg or two, and so tends to show the mental and emotional reactions of his inferiors. It is thus that … Continue reading HL Mencken on The Crowd

“Men Versus The Man” HL Mencken & Robert Rives LaMonte

I finished my first book on my Kindle. I really enjoyed th reading experience, and moreso the note-taking/highliting feature. It’s because of the latter I’m able to bring you every single passage that I highlighted. With a few button clicks one can highlight a selection and it’s automatically saved into a text file that you … Continue reading “Men Versus The Man” HL Mencken & Robert Rives LaMonte

Mencken Day – September 11, 2010

Der Tag (Mencken Day), September 11, 2010 Mencken Day 2010 will commence at 10:00 AM on September 11, 2010 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore,MD. The Mencken Society’s Annual Meeting begins at 10:30 in the Wheeler Auditorium. The Society’s speakers (in the morning) are Marion Rodgers, who will speak on her recent (hot off … Continue reading Mencken Day – September 11, 2010

The Third Annual Meeting of the HL Mencken Club – Oct. 22-23, 2010 – Baltimore, Maryland

The Third Annual Meeting of the HL Mencken Club Oct. 22-23, 2010 Baltimore, Maryland Friday, October 22: 7: 30 – 10 PM — Dinner Paul Gottfried: “How the Left Won the Cold War” John Derbyshire : “The PC Religion” Saturday, October 23: 9 – 10 AM — PC Around the World Grant Havers: “Canada: The Death of the West … Continue reading The Third Annual Meeting of the HL Mencken Club – Oct. 22-23, 2010 – Baltimore, Maryland

All 13 UAVH Mencken / Scopes podcast episodes in one torrent… UPDATE

Find it and two other Underworld Amusements related torrents here: thepiratebay.org/user/suavetiki666/ For some reason the torrent is no longer associated with my account on TPB. Here is a direct link: http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/5726003/UAVH_HL_Mencken_Scopes_Monkey_Evolution_Trial_Podcasts

HL Mencken on the first great evolution trial…

I’ve spent a LOT of time putting together a series of 13 podcast episodes of HL Mencken’s Baltimore Evening Sun reports on the Scopes trial from Dayton, Tenn. I’m releasing them in somewhat “real time”, according to the dates they were published 85 years ago. I’d like my visitors to this blog to hear them, … Continue reading HL Mencken on the first great evolution trial…