A Book Of Burlesques
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Fifteen brief satirical pieces, most in dialogue or inner monologue form. Includes the thoughts of the audience at a piano recital, the blatherings of two Babbitt-like American tourists in the Alps, a handful of Jazz Age dictionary definitions, and a play depicting a wedding ceremony in a sterile operating room.
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“Self-respect: The secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.”—page 70

Why is it that when reading Mencken one feels that they’d be more comfortable if they were wearing a flak jacket?

Once again, in his ‘A Book of Burlesques,’ Mencken, the master of irreverence, gives forth a collection of philosophical dog-droppings running the gamut from downright boring to uproariously hilarious.

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Henry Louis "H.L." Mencken became one of the most influential and prolific journalists in America in the 1920s and '30s, writing about all the shams and con artists in the world. He attacked chiropractors and the Ku Klux Klan, politicians and other journalists. Most of all, he attacked Puritan morality. He called Puritanism, "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."
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