TRIPLY HAPPY

The Library of America will be releasing a new edition of the Days books, edited by the incomparable Marion E. Rodgers: “Mencken continued to add to them after publication, annotating and expanding each volume in type- scripts sealed to the public for twenty-five years after his death. Until now, most of this material—often more frank and unvarnished than the original Days books—has never been published. Containing nearly 200 pages of previously unseen writing, and illustrated with photographs from Mencken’s archives, many taken by Mencken himself, this expanded and definitive edition of the Days trilogy is a cause for celebration.” H. L. Mencken: The Days Trilogy, Expanded Edition (Library of America #257) be released September 25, 2014.

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 proc­ess 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)