By H. L. Mencken

ISBN-10: 0394752090

ISBN-13: 9780394752099

A decision collection of H.L. Mencken's formerly out-of-print writings.
Edited and annotated by way of H.L.M., this can be a choice from his out-of-print writings. they arrive normally from books—the six of the PREJUDICES sequence, A booklet OF BURLESQUES, IN safeguard of ladies, NOTES ON DEMOCRACY, creating a PRESIDENT, A publication OF CALUMNY, TREATISE ON correct AND WRONG—but there also are journal and newspaper items that by no means obtained among covers (from the yank Mercury, the clever Set, and the Baltimore night solar) and a few notes that have been by no means formerly released at all.
Readers will locate edification and entertainment in his estimates of numerous Americans—Woodrow Wilson, Aimee Semple McPherson, Roosevelt I and Roosevelt II, James Gibbons Huneker, Rudolph Valentino, Calvin Coolidge, Ring Lardner, Theodore Dreiser, and Walt Whitman. these musically prone will get pleasure from his items on Beethoven, Schubert, and Wagner, and there's fabric for 100 controversies in his choices on Joseph Conrad, Thorstein Veblen, Nietzsche, and Madame Blavatsky.
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A call collection of H. L. Mencken's formerly out-of-print writings.
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The open-minded office gift who is satisfied with the world as long as she can go to the movies with her date has supplanted Nora and Hedda, and if she knew about them she would reproach them in chic phrases for being unrealistic. Her counterpart is the man who makes use of his erotic freedom only to take his partner coldly and joylessly in her obtuse compliance and then show his gratitude by deriding her all the more cynically. Veblen, who has much in common with Ibsen, is perhaps the last thinker of note who does not avoid the woman question.

In Spengler the tendency of the German Idealists to fetishize broad general concepts in their theories and then impassively sacrifice the existence of the individual human being to them – a tendency Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, and Marx attacked in Hegel – becomes undisguised joy in actual human sacrifice. Whereas Hegel’s philosophy of history speaks with stunned grief of the shambles of history, Spengler sees nothing but facts. Facts can, it is true, arouse regret, if one is so inclined, but they need not cause great concern as long as one is in complicity with historical necessity and one’s physiognomics side with the stronger forces.

It is marked by the life-lie. In tracking down this lie Veblen displays a persistence not unlike that of his contemporary, Freud, in his investigation of the ‘dregs of the world of phenomena’. Under Veblen’s gloomy gaze, lawn and walking-stick, umpire and domestic animal become revealing allegories of the barbarism of culture. It was as much this method as the contents of his teaching that led people to defame Veblen as a crazy and destructive outsider. As a professor in Chicago he even created an academic scandal which ended in his dismissal.

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