Tag: Mencken in the News

  • Last Week with H. L. Mencken (Feb. 3, 2023 edition)

    January 29 – “Inherit the Wind” is returning to the stage in Albuquerque: “This enthralling drama is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial, which resulted in John T. Scopes’ being convicted for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to a high school science class, contrary to a Tennessee law. The character of […]

  • Last Week with H. L. Mencken (Jan. 27, 2023 edition)

    January 22 — Anthony J. DeBlasi on the intelligence of the American public: “H. L. Mencken had something to say about terminal dumbing, back in 1920, that makes me wonder if he was joking: ‘As democracy is perfected,’ he said, ‘the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. […]

  • Last Week with H. L. Mencken (Jan. 23, 2023 edition)

    See how writers were quoting Mencken last week and which quotations they used. January 16 — From Herb Caen at the Anderson Valley Advertiser: “What I consider the most cynical utterance in the entire literature of Americana — H.L. Mencken’s ‘No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public’ — presents a […]