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Book Bytes #3: Mencken on Mencken

A large portion of what Mencken wrote was criticism, particularly of books. He was in fact probably America’s most prominent book critic of the 20th century. This caused many to wonder why he chose to be a critic of other men’s ideas rather than an expositor of his own, as well as to wonder what…

For my second Book Bytes entry, I’m going to continue the male/female theme, but from a more personal level than a political one. This will not be one continuous passage, however, but bits and pieces of various essays that Mencken wrote over many years, and from his 1918 book In Defense of Women. I don’t…

Book Bytes: #1

I’m going to start a new category – Book Bytes. I’m one of those people who reads books with a highlighter or pen and I note passages that I find particularly meaningful/moving/well-written/enraging. I’m also one of those people who returns to books over and over, finding some bit of insight in them the 2nd or…