Henry Louis Mencken

H.L. Mencken

About H.L. Mencken

Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken (1880-1956) was an American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English. Known as the "Sage of Baltimore," he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century.

Fake News

By |2017-01-11T13:38:48-05:00January 11th, 2017|Categories: Journalism, Quotation|

“The average newspaper, especially of the better sort, has the intelligence of a hillbilly evangelist, the courage of a rat, the fairness of a prohibitionist boob-jumper, the information of a high school janitor, the taste of a designer of celluloid valentines, and the honor of a police-station lawyer.” Books by and about H.L. Mencken can be [...]

H.L. Mencken on FDR

By |2016-11-26T09:52:24-05:00August 11th, 2011|Categories: Quotation|Tags: |

H.L. Mencken The republic proceeds towards hell at a rapidly accelerating tempo. With the debt burden already crushing everyone, Roosevelt now proposes to relieve us by spending five or six billions more. I am advocating making him king in order that we may behead him.— 1933 For more on FDR and the [...]