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The Skeptic When H L Mencken talked, everyone listened like it or not In the Roaring Twenties, he was the one critic who mattered, the champion of a generation of plain speaking writers who redefined the American novel, and the ax swinging scourge of the know nothing, go getting middle class philistines whom he dubbed the booboisie Some loved him, others loathed him, but everybody read him Now Terry Teachout takes on the man Edmund Wilson called our greatest practicing literary journalist, brilliantly capturing all of Mencken s energy and erudition, passion and paradoxes, in a masterful biography of this iconoclastic figure and the world he shaped. Download The Skeptic – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. I never wash my hands after taking a leak That s the cleanest part of me H.L Mencken.H.L Mencken was Hunter S Thompson before Hunter S Thompson was Hunter S Thompson.In fact, I decided to look into this H.L character upon coming across a passing comment referring to him in Gonzo HST was a fan Well, perhaps not a fan, but certainly aware of him, aware of Mencken s contribution to American letters and therefore an influence and forefather of Thompson s own potent prose and inimitable I never wash my hands after taking a leak That s the cleanest part of me H.L Mencken.H.L Mencken was Hunter S Thompson before Hunter S Thompson was Hunter S Thompson.In fact, I decided to look into this H.L character upon coming across a passing comment referring to him in Gonzo HST was a fan Well, perhaps not a fan, but certainly aware of him, aware of Mencken s contribution to American letters and therefore an influence and forefather of Thompson s own potent prose and inimitable personality.H L Mencken paved the road that Hunter S Thompson came screaming down with his peyote fueled typewriter of rage and style.These two men, forefathers of modern journalism, have a lot in common and their similarities illuminate the world they were a part of and criticized so effectively They were both journalists, columnists, and editors, fierce critics of culture and politics.As Teachout shares in The Skeptic, Mencken responded to Prohibition by selling his ...

  2. Mencken was an arch Tory, Kaiser hugging antisemitic asshole and a brilliant satirist heir to a style that runs from Twain through him to gun crazed, abusive asshole brilliant satirist Hunter S Thompson, and every subse...

  3. The mark of a good biographer is one who makes you want to learnabout their subject With Henry Louis Mencken I find that Terry Teachout has done just that I want to read Mencken s works even though as I learned here, many have been revised on order to appear somewhere else or in a collection So be it.Mencken spent most of his life in Balti working for and running various publications He showed up locally to Chattanooga for the Scopes Monkey Trial He traveled to Germany a number of The mark of a good biographer is one who makes you want to learnabout their subject With Henry Louis Mencken I find that Terry Teachout has done just that I want to read Mencken s works even though as I learned here, many have been revised on order to appear somewhere else or in a collection So be it.Mencken spent most of his life in Balti working for and running various publications He showed up locally to Chattanooga for the Scopes Monkey Trial He traveled to Germany a number of times exploring the land of his heritage How he described them and how he wrote about them is what made Mencken one of the great writers of the 20th century.Teachout asks in the epilogue But who now admires H.L Mencken And what is the nature of his continuing influence on American life and letters I do for one Mencken s belief was that a great newspaper that seeks to lead people rather not follow, a belief that to Mencken passed on as reality somewhere around FDR and WWII when America was herde...

  4. H L Mencken 1880 1956 is not a name familiar to most Americans today If he is remembered at all, most know him only as the model for the character of the reporter in the play Inherit the Wind Nevertheless, there was a time when Mencken was one of America s most influential news reporters and cultural critics the leading journalist of the Jazz Age He began his professional career as the boy wonder journalist for the Balti newspapers During the nine years, from 1914 to 1923, wh H L Mencken 1880 1956 is not a name familiar to most Americans today If he is remembered at all, most know him only as the model for the character of the reporter in the play Inherit the Wind Nevertheless, there was a time when Mencken was one of America s most influential news reporters and cultural critics the leading journalist of the Jazz Age He began his professional career as the boy wonder journalist for the Balti newspapers During the nine years, from 1914 to 1923, when he and drama critic George J Nathan co edited The Smart Set magazine, he reviewed roughly two thousand novels, most of which he considered the work of 100 percent dunderheads He was justly famous for his harsh reviews a selection of which have been reprinted in the book Smart Set Criticism He was also, however, largely responsible for bringing the works of Sherwood Anderso...

  5. Excellent biography Teachout makes a persuasive case that the newspaper man whom we associate with the roaring 20s was very much a product of the 19th century Mencken is a very interesting figure Simply to enter the life and thought of this German American Baltian is worthwhile in itself It is particularly interesting and often humorous to see the many ways in which Mencken, despite his own criticism, was himself something of a middle class philistine In addition, the Puritanical boo Excellent biography Teachout makes a persuasive case that the newspaper man whom we associate with the roaring 20s was very much a product of the 19th century Mencken is a very interesting figure Simply to enter the life and thought of this German American Baltian is worthwhile in itself It is particularly interesting and often humorous to see the many ways in which Mencken, despite his own criticism, was himself something of a middle class philistine In addition, the Puritanical booboisie that he attacked ninety years ago as products of a Vi...

  6. This is a well researched, balanced biography of a complex figure I ve always loved Mencken s book of quotations, which makes most other books of quotations seem pale and wishy washy, so although I haven t read much of Mencken s own w...

  7. I ve long known the basic facts about H.L Mencken, that he was a crusty commentator from Balti, and that he was a religious skeptic I ve always thought that, if I knewabout Mencken I would become a fan, or an enthusiast But reading this very well crafted biography by Terry Teachout proved that that s not the case While I can admire a skeptic, and feel that skepticism is a valuable trait, I don t feel the same way about cynicism, and Mencken seems to me to beof a cynic than a I ve long known the basic facts about H.L Mencken, that he was a crusty commentator from Balti, and that he was a religious skeptic I ve always thought that, if I knewabout Mencken I would become a fan, or an enthusiast But reading this very well crafted biography by Terry Teachout proved that that s not the case While I can admire a skeptic, and feel that skepticism is a valuable trait, I don t feel the same way about cynicism, and Mencken seems to me to beof a cynic than a skeptic I find that there s very little to admire about Mencken when you consider his anti Semitism, which he denies as frequently as he demonstrates, his apparent preference for totalitarianism over democracy, his preference for Germany over America despite two devastating world wars instigated by his preferred country, and his false equivalency in thinking that FDR was just as evil as Hitler.So while I didn t really like Mencken, I did enjoy this book about him I d have given it four stars if I rated books on how we...

  8. In summation to this book which provides a good overview of Mencken s life, the author opines Mencken was somethingthan a memorable stylist, if something less less than a truly wise manOne cannot help admiring the stubborn way in which..the self made philosopher grapples in his unpretentious, take no prisoners way with the permanent things t he limits of art, the rule of law, the meaning of life The simplicity one comes to realize, is inseparable from the message Unfortunately, this In summation to this book which provides a good overview of Mencken s life, the author opines Mencken was somethingthan a memorable stylist, if something less less than a truly wise manOne cannot help admiring the stubborn way in which..the self made philosopher grapples in his unpretentious, take no ...

  9. H.L Mencken is, for me, one of thefascinating literary figures of the 20th century He was considered, in every sense of the word, a cynic which he himself described as one, who when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin He was someone who resented the theological populism of such political charlatans as William Jennings Bryan, and who was always wary of zealots whether on the far left or right But with sadness, I would add that his prescience has propelled that cynicism in H.L Mencken is, for me, one of thefascinating literary figures of the 20th century He was considered, in every sense of the word, a cynic which he himself described as one, who when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin He was someone who resented the theological populism of such political charlatans as William Jennings Bryan, and who was always wary of zealots whether on the far left or right But with sadness, I would add that his prescience has propelled that cynicism into realism in this country with all the force of a sonic boom His ability to splice satire with comical anecdotes in his writings on American culture and politics was an art form few have ever managed to replicate.Terry Teachout has woven a s...

  10. The purpose of a biography should be to show the good, the bad and the ugly sides of its subject, to allow you, the reader, an opportunity to make your own decision about the person Terry Teachout has done that in The Skeptic A Life of H L Mencken This is a four star effort I had come across the name H.L Mencken on occasion over the years Rec...