H.L. Mencken vs. Ursula K. Le Guin – A Deal Me In Short Story Challenge

When I joined Jay at Bibliophilopolis’s short story challenge, I added a little twist of my own, drawing two cards/stories from my deck and trying to find a way to link them in my review. It’s been fun but it’s not going to work this time. H.L. Mencken would hate Ursula K. Le Guin.  Mencken would surely be one of those critics lamenting the sad … Continue reading H.L. Mencken vs. Ursula K. Le Guin – A Deal Me In Short Story Challenge

H.L. Mencken vs. Joan Didion a Deal Me In Short Story Non-Fiction Edition

Anyone who makes a list of the top ten essayists America has produced is likely to include both H.L. Mencken and Joan Didion. Mencken wrote during the opening decades of the 20th century while Didion began her writing career in the centuries second half but each clearly became a key writer of their time.  Each can be held up as uniquely American on some level, … Continue reading H.L. Mencken vs. Joan Didion a Deal Me In Short Story Non-Fiction Edition

Jessica Mitford vs. H.L. Mencken–A Deal Me In Short Story Challenge

You can’t go wrong with either Jessica Mitford or H.L. Mencken so this was a very lucky draw for me.  Actually, I stacked the deck a bit for this my second round with the Deal Me In Short Story Challenge, lots of Mitford and lots of Mencken in my current deck.  This match up was bound to happen. I drew Jessica Mitford’s 1961 essay “Proceed … Continue reading Jessica Mitford vs. H.L. Mencken–A Deal Me In Short Story Challenge