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H.L. Mencken

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  • The Morning Fix: 'Hangover II' cures Hollywood blues. PBS hacked! Dauman made how much?

     
    After the coffee. Before pretending to be excited about going back to work. The Skinny. I went into "Hangover II" not expecting much and I wasn't disappointed. I walked out after about an hour. My rule is: You may steal......
  • $100,000 Kingsley Tufts poetry prize accepting nominations

     
    Kingsley Tufts smoked a pipe and wrote poetry about martinis. His widow sold their house to establish a $100,000 poetry award in his name....
  • In our pages: E.L. Doctorow, Colm Toibin, boxing, Lee Krasner

     
    In Sundays pages, we review short story collections by E.L. Doctorow and Colm Toibin, a biography of Lee Krasner, a new anthology of writing about boxing and more....
  • The Reading Life: Revisiting 'Mildred Pierce'

     
    Reading Mildred Pierce, book critic David L. Ulin says, proves James M. Cain was not a great hard-boiled novelist but a great novelist period....
  • From the Stacks – 'Facts You Should Know About California'

     
    Since March, when I examined Louis Adamic’s “The Truth About Los Angeles,” I have been hunting the other pamphlets he wrote for E. Haldeman-Julius. A box of a dozen musty tracts arrived Friday, courtesy of EBay, and I immediately dug.......
  • Pages of History – The Walrus of Moron-Land

     
    came across this article from the February 1928 issue of “The American Mercury” while researching the 1910 bombing of The Times. It’s a bit difficult to determine from ProQuest precisely when Louis Sherwin [Hugo Louis Sherwin Golitz] worked for...
  • Paperback Writers: Deep into mysteries of Hammett and Hemingway

    Paperback Writers: Deep into mysteries of Hammett and Hemingway
    Black Mask, the great pulp fiction magazine, was launched by H.L. Mencken in 1920 but really started to come into its own some six or seven years later under the editorship of Joseph T. Shaw, who would in time publish almost the entire pantheon of classic...
  • Book review: 'At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing,' edited by George Kimball and John Schulian

    Book review: 'At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing,' edited by George Kimball and John Schulian
    At the Fights American Writers on Boxing Edited by George Kimball & John Schulian Library of America: 517 pp., $35 Part freak show, part sitcom, part mortal combat — ah, yes, behold the world of professional prizefighting, the face-break...
  • 'Prejudices: The Complete Series,' H.L. Mencken

    'Prejudices: The Complete Series,' H.L. Mencken
    Prejudices The Complete Series H.L. Mencken 2 volume, boxed set Library of America, $70 There are writers whose books are stacked on my nightstand: G.K. Chesterton, Samuel Johnson, Thomas Babington Macaulay — writers whom I spend half an hour...
  • Book review: 'Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned' by John A. Farrell

    Book review: 'Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned' by John A. Farrell
    Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned John A. Farrell Doubleday: 400 pp., $32.50 For five stormy, pivotal decades, Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) was a towering figure in U.S. jurisprudence and politics. He served as defense lawyer for the people...
  • Book review: 'Holidays in Heck' by P.J. O'Rourke

    Book review: 'Holidays in Heck' by P.J. O'Rourke
    P.J. O'Rourke has written so many books of humor that no one is quite sure how many. I have it on good authority that it's 15, but since I finished writing this sentence, he may have written yet another. That's how fast he is. I've enjoyed O'Rourke's...