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)

The 2013 Mencken Graveside Memorial Service

The eighth Mencken Graveside Memorial Service will again be conducted by Oleg Panczenko.

When: Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Where: Mencken Family Gravesite, Loudon Park Cemetery, 3620 Wilkens Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229

Mr Mencken’s grave is in Lot W 224 North Half, Space 4, N 39° 16.693′ W 76° 40.683′ (39.278217°, -76.678050°). Google Maps and the Garmin nüvi (at least my model) are aware of the roads within Loudon Park. Directional signs will be posted.

Click here for a map.

After the brief memorial service attendees are invited to the Spirits West Country Club, 2601 Wilkens Avenue (cor Millington Ave), Baltimore, MD 21223, not far from St Benedict’s Church.

Arthur J. Gutman, 1911-2012

Arthur Gutman, March, 1995

Arthur J. Gutman, president of the Mencken Society from 1979 to 1999 and former Vice President of Warfield-Dorsey Insurance passed away Monday evening, November 26, 2012.

He was interred at the Oheb Shalom Congregation Cemetery, 6130 O’Donnell Street, Baltimore, on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2 PM.

Mencken Society Election Year Tee Shirts

Show your sympathies with a handsome garment suitable for wearing both before and after the Elections. The Mencken Society’s handsome tee shirt shows the Society’s logo on the front and “No one in this world, so far as I know … has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people” on the back.

Mencken tee shirts are $20 (which includes sales tax) each plus $5.00 shipping and handling for the first shirt and $2.50 s/h for the second and subsequent shirts. Please note that at this time we can only accept checks. All proceeds go to the Enoch Pratt Library for the Mencken Room.

Send your remittance, the number of shirts you are ordering, size(s) (S, M, L. XL) and payment to

The Mencken Society
Mencken Tee Shirt
POB 16218
Baltimore, MD 21210-0218