Tour the Mencken House With Marion Rodgers

Johns Hopkins’ Odyssey Program offers two tours of the Mencken House on Saturday, April 20, 2013, conducted by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers. The course fee is $30 for either the morning or the afternoon tour. There is a $3 entrance donation to benefit the Friends of the H. L. Mencken House at the door.

Section 01 (morning): 10 a.m.-noon
Section 02 (afternoon): 1-3 p.m.

Marion Rodgers wrote Mencken: The American Iconoclast (2007) and edited H. L. Mencken: Prejudices: The Complete Series (2010) for the Library of America. Her earlier books on Mencken are Mencken and Sara: A Life in Letters (1987) and a collection of Mencken’s journalism, The Impossible H L. Mencken (1991).

More details at Odyssey’s website (scroll down).

How to Drink Like a Gentleman

Mr Mencken observed that “[d]rinking with skill and taste is no more a natural art than love; either it must be learned by the onerous procĀ­ess of trial and error, or it must be taught. Plainly enough, the latter way is the better” and offered a short tutorial which appeared in Liberty magazine of January 12, 1935. The website Gawker has reproduced Mr Mencken’s essay, “How To Drink Like a Gentleman”, and we draw the attention of the ombibulous to it.

(h/t to Adam Blumenthal)