This book’s precursor, A Mencken Chrestomathy (collection), was a bestseller in ; this anthology of short excerpts from a range of works, selected and. Henry Louis Mencken (September 12, – January 29, ) was an American journalist, .. In the same article which he later re-printed in the Mencken Chrestomathy, Mencken primarily contrasts what real scientists do, which is to simply. The culling of the best, the choicest passages, from the famous Prejudices, which in their day made Mencken leader of the iconoclasts, shocker.

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He skewered pompous politicians, bombastic ministers and grandiose businessmen. If you think that people can’t change it’s strange not to advocate for Eugenics. And though he spoke competently in matters historical, scientific and philosophical, his writings on this subjects make clear he was no historian, scientist w philosopher. Open Preview See a Problem? As Germany gradually conquered Europe, Mencken attacked President Roosevelt for refusing to admit Jewish refugees into the United States and called for their wholesale admission:.

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, division, that’s what real mathematics is. A Weekly Standard article, which questioned the designation of the Club as racist, related that Gottfried dedicated his group chrrestomathy Mencken “in the context of a feud among conservatives; his hope was to form a right that chrestomatuy an alternative to neoconservatives and libertarians.

Mencken and Wilde’s scorn for teachers and learning makes sense if chrestomxthy see it as a reflection of their need to show themselves as original artistic geniuses. In June he was hired as a full-time reporter. The great internet couldn’t help me.

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People interested in Things In General. There, I bet no one said that before. I’m a huge Mencken fan, and there’s plenty of his outside of this book that I need access to, but this is a great place to start. As a frank admirer of Nietzsche, Mencken was a detractor of populism and representative democracywhich he believed was a system in which inferior men dominated their superiors. Mencken and Wilde’s ideal critic need others not to know what the critic knows.

The rest is baloney. The play Inherit the Wind is a fictionalized version of the trial, and, as noted above, the cynical reporter E.

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As for the biological byproducts of this fidelity, I rate them even lower. He is kencken scathing, caustic, and cynical. Includes his fantastic pieces on chiropractic, execution, and the death of the Scopes Trial.

Musicians are apt to look at it as a mere contest of technicians. If you are a serious cynic meencken book may be for your.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Because nonconformist originality is so crestomathy valued Mencken and Wilde’s ideal critic, like many modern hispters, must live with perpetual status anxiety. Aug 23, Mark Singer rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. I highly recommend reading Lloyd-Jones’ “Spiritual Depression” along side of him.

See this ghoulish passage from his “Eugenic Note: Mencken, Individualist [], p.

Mencken is a master of metaphor and a wonderful writer, but he is very caustic, and dangerous in large doses. In the edition of Treatise on the GodsMencken wrote:. He skates with merry and cynical insouciance over an impressive range of subjects: But I certainly could be wrong.

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How lacking it is in any element of intellectual growth?

A MENCKEN CHRESTOMATHY by H.L. Mencken | Kirkus Reviews

The TOC has every item in it, which helps. Want to Read saving…. Basic Booksp. After being initially amused, I became irritated, a bit bored, found it harder to pick up. Sometimes his opinions go beyond any evidence he presents indeed, evidence is somet Mencken uses the word Chrestomathy to mean a selection of an author’s writings chosen by the chresfomathy.

After his stroke, Mencken enjoyed listening to classical music and, after some recovery of his ability to speak, talking with mecnken, but he sometimes referred to himself in the past tense, as if he were already dead. Mencken wrote as follows about the difficulties of good men reaching national office when such campaigns must necessarily be conducted remotely:. For example, he had this to say about a Maryland incident:. He caricatured Woodrow Wilson as the hand-wringing, prudish “Archangel Woodrow.

He may well be called a curmudgeon and he’s carried in The Portable Curmudgeon series with a huge vocabulary, and an elitist as well. There is some “fallen out of use” vocabulary that take a little getting used to; using cheese-monger as an insult for example. Both men’s ideal critic does not teach and denigrates teaching, not menckwn teaching is actually boring or easy, but rather because teaching threatens to make their ideal critic unoriginal.

From inside the chreshomathy.