The View from Mencken's Tomb

The View from Mencken's Tomb essay .................... by Hal Crowther "You're an ancient mariner if you actually read Mencken [here] hot off the presses--the hottest thing available in its day, now a neglected chapter in American studies. The Sage of Baltimore, as both admirers and sarcastic detractors called him, suffered a debilitating stroke in 1948 and died in 1956, so I can't even claim that I read Mencken while he was alive." Courtesy of The Baltimore Sun, file photo by Robert F. Kniesche. orgive me if I date myself by exhuming H. L. Mencken. He was the patron saint of a certain kind of journalist, and soon the kind of journalism he and I practiced and understood will be consigned to the History department. Or Archaeology. But you're an ancient mariner if you actually read Mencken hot off the presses--the hottest thing available in its day, now a neglected chapter in American studies. The Sage of Baltimore, as both admirers and sarcastic detractors called him, suffered a debilitating stroke in 1948 and died in 1956, so I can't even claim that I read Mencken while he was alive. I discovered him when he was barely cold, though, when Eisenhower was president and I http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

The View from Mencken's Tomb

Southern Cultures, Volume 16 (4) – Nov 7, 2010

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essay .................... by Hal Crowther "You're an ancient mariner if you actually read Mencken [here] hot off the presses--the hottest thing available in its day, now a neglected chapter in American studies. The Sage of Baltimore, as both admirers and sarcastic detractors called him, suffered a debilitating stroke in 1948 and died in 1956, so I can't even claim that I read Mencken while he was alive." Courtesy of The Baltimore Sun, file photo by Robert F. Kniesche. orgive me if I date myself by exhuming H. L. Mencken. He was the patron saint of a certain kind of journalist, and soon the kind of journalism he and I practiced and understood will be consigned to the History department. Or Archaeology. But you're an ancient mariner if you actually read Mencken hot off the presses--the hottest thing available in its day, now a neglected chapter in American studies. The Sage of Baltimore, as both admirers and sarcastic detractors called him, suffered a debilitating stroke in 1948 and died in 1956, so I can't even claim that I read Mencken while he was alive. I discovered him when he was barely cold, though, when Eisenhower was president and I

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