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Prejudices: A Selection (Maryland Paperback Bookshelf) Paperback – August 28, 2006
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It just blew my... mind. Mencken's skill at skewering the idiots of his day and age was my introduction to the kinetic power of artfully crafted language.(James Howard Kunstler The Week)
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Mencken's rich, inimitable stylistic flourishes complement his acerbic, lacerating wit. He criticizes criticism--and criticism of criticism. He takes on the South in the classic "The Sahara of the Bozart"--not ad hominem, but cultural criticism of a bastardized postbellum region, with fair regard for the genteel culture and society of its past. A cynic through and through, Mencken nevertheless displays his ability to appreciate the bright rays peaking through massive gray clouds--Whitman, Conrad, and Twain, among others.
The book is well edited and gives us a wonderful picture of a scribe at the height of his powers--in style and substance.
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'As vivacity is the gift of women, gravity is that of men.. Men should beware of being captivated by a kind of savage philosophy, women by a thoughtless gallantry. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'
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Some of the material in this book is excellent and Mencken is obviously a brilliant author. But most of the material in this book concerns obscure people or obscure events from his... Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by Peter W. Evans