Mencken's Days Are Here Again

On September 12, the writer H. L. Mencken would be 128 years old. That’s not a particularly┬ánoteworthy or auspicious anniversary, I realize. I mention it only because it┬áis around this date that I once again venture over to the shelf, pull down one of his books, and amuse myself. (This is also the time of… Continue reading Mencken's Days Are Here Again

Class Clown Sent to the Principal's Office

When I heard the news last week I thought, oh boy. Sad, sad news about a happy, hippy, funny guy. RIP, George Carlin. I once saw him live, at the old (beautiful, ornate) Lyric theater in Baltimore. The opening act was Leon Redbone and a small combo. What a night! I never laughed so hard… Continue reading Class Clown Sent to the Principal's Office