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Minority Report by H. L. Mencken

Minority Report

by H. L. Mencken

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This is basically a book of sayings by an iconoclast. His criticisms are sharp and witty, and his targets are mainly on the left. ( )
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I haven't read it all yet, but I can tell you that the preface is the best preface I have ever read over my last 40 years of reading.
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The great skeptic and prose stylist H.L. Mencken had a lifelong habit of keeping notebooks that he'd plumb for ideas. He eventually collected many brief essays from his notebooks and published them as Minority Report, claiming in the book's introduction that the pieces had been selected at random. That may be true, but as Mencken's writing discipline seemed to require him to always produce elegant prose, it's fair to say that his random notebook entries are superior to the polished essays of many other writers. Mencken was simply a national treasure, and Minority Report, as it contains a great many of his observations on a wide variety of subjects, is a good place to begin to get a taste of his eccentrically intelligent style.

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