| Sep 12, 2013
| 11:13 AM
To commemorate H.L. Mencken's birthday on this site,* it seems particularly fitting to repeat a salient passage from The American Language, a caution to all those who hold forth and English grammar and usage:
The error of ... viewers with alarm is in...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 2:45 PM
Thursday marks the 133rd anniversary of the birth of H.L. Mencken, the influential writer, journalist, satirist and social critic known as the "Sage of Baltimore," who died at the age of 75 in 1956.
In a video from 2012 (also above), The Sun's...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 1:52 PM
It is salutary to republish from time to time this passage from H.L. Mencken's Thirty-five Years of Newspaper Work. People forget.
During all my days of writing for the Sunpapers, I never made any objection to the cutting of my copy. It seemed to me...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 9:10 AM
If it is hard to imagine buying a home, moving in, and then restoring its 67 windows to their original 1923 condition, you can only marvel at the determination of Ray and Lynn Plack to revive Hiddenbrook, their Ruxton mansion on 6 acres just north of...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 4:30 PM
| Jun 24, 2013
| 4:00 AM
OK, young'ns, here's your chance.
In two consecutive elections, you've carried Barack Obama to victory. When he said, "We are the ones we've been waiting for," he basically meant you. You voted for Mr. Obama by a margin of 66 percent to 32 percent in...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 5:59 PM
The Baltimore Sun Media Group is launching a paid summer internship in honor of Mary J. Corey, the first woman to lead The Baltimore Sun newsroom.
The internship was announced Monday at a memorial dedication for Corey, who died in February of breast...
| Apr 14, 2013
| 3:23 PM
In a quiet block in Southwest Baltimore, a warm wind blows plastic bags along a sidewalk.
Boarded-up rowhomes line the streets. A pile of mattresses rests on a trash heap in someone's former backyard. A lonely placard reads, "Stop shooting – start...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 1:09 PM
Brother Patrick Ellis, a member of the Christian Brothers who served as president of La Salle University and Catholic University of America, died Feb. 21 of leukemia at a Christian Brothers nursing home in Lincroft, N.J.
The Baltimore native was 84....
| Feb 28, 2013
| 8:26 PM
A bonus word of the week for you, at the urging of colleagues:
This worthy word has not found its way into the Oxford English Dictionary. It was coined by H.L. Mencken, an inveterate foe of Prohibition and a stout defender of his Twenty-...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 9:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- Before Ronald Reagan traveled the 16 blocks to the White House after his first inaugural address, the White House curator had, at the new president's instruction, hung in the Cabinet room a portrait of Calvin Coolidge. The Great Communicator...