360 Staff Pick: H. L. Mencken's Prejudices

Blog: 01.03.11

Monday, January 03, 2011 - 01:46 PM

This is the handsomest set of the essays that made H. L. Mencken famous.

Mencken was indignant about a lot of things, and he did not hold fire. Many of his reference points are forgotten, but it's still bracing to read Mencken's vitriolic attacks on what people of his time (and ours) hold sacred. We have plenty of outraged conservatives and a few indignant lefties, but nobody alive today can use 'democratic' as a pejorative. If Mencken came back to life today, we'd crucify him.

Tags:

More in:

Comments [1]

jimmy

bwMI3Z http://chfEd38MkKsw7cXv0x3Dlc3b7.com

Jan. 22 2011 01:34 AM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.

Supported by

Supported by

Feeds