Sep 16, 2022Liked by Ben Boychuk

Thank you for shining a brilliant light on more eternal writings.

Many points to comment in support of, but one I believe that has changed over the past century and whose difference is so often missed is this.

From my perspective, the size in volume and reach of "the government" is what has changed this transient pimple into a debilitating cyst, that now threatens the life of its host.

The question then is who will bear the lance and who will cleanse the wound?

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"Fair. But nobody understands or cares or wants to understand or care anymore."

The anatomy of the modern malady, right there.

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Sep 17, 2022Liked by Ben Boychuk

I found the same sort of humor in PJ O'Rourkes rantings. There is an element of the self-appointed curmudgeon which stands alone as comedic; the form illustrates our most common human inconsistencies. To interpret the writer's voice in a literal manner (e.g. the Sun) shows a lack of understanding of both the writer and one's self. It is also much less fun. I'd like to think O'Rourke and Mencken might be swapping stories somewhere.

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Sep 15, 2022Liked by Ben Boychuk

My father always quoted Mencken when I was growing up. Thank you for writing this. I’m definitely going to check out his works.

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Sep 13, 2022Liked by Ben Boychuk

Nice. Love me some Mencken!

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I have a weird fantasy that Mencken is a juror in 12 Angry Men. I wonder how long he would hold out against Fonda? One of the first? Fifth? Ninth?

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