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ev-love's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by ev-love

And then there is this:

“How did one of America's seemingly great rationalists and modernists come to regard Roosevelt as more worthy of condemnation than Hitler? The answer, on the evidence of this and other studies, is that Mencken was a German nationalist, an insecure small-town petit bourgeois, a childless hypochondriac with what seems on the evidence of these pages to have been a room-temperature libido, an antihumanist as much as an atheist, a man prone to the hyperbole and sensationalism he distrusted in others and not as easy with the modern world and its many temptations and diversions as he liked it to be supposed.”

Christopher Hitchens,

(Book review of 'The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken' (2002) by Terry Teachout)


Mon, 21 May 2012 06:19:34 UTC | #942573