Objects & Places from The Vintage Mencken

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Baltimore, Maryland

This place is H. L. Mencken's lifelong home, and where he worked as a journalist for decades. Naturally he has a particular affection for it, but he is never hesitant to call out and criticize the leaders of the city for perceived folly or injustice.

Mark Twain's Huck Finn

This object made Mencken fall in love with reading. He would become a bookworm thereafter.

The Y.M.C.A.

This organization would turn Mencken off to any sort of physical activity for the rest of his life.

Freudian Psychoanalysis

This methodology is dismissed as quackery by Mencken. However, Mencken does agree with one aspect of the methodology: the belief that lying is an unconscious and uncontrollable act.


Mencken has a distaste for this political system, as it relies on men envying other men, and subsequent efforts to make the superior man equal to the lesser...

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