Album Review

Mencken, H.L. – “Speaking” – [Caedmon]

Cousin Mary   3/31/2009   12-inch, A Library

Henry Mencken (1880-1956) made this recording at the Library of Congress in 1948. On side 1 he talks about Baltimore of his childhood in the 1880???s, being a newspaper reporter and magazine editor, his agnosticism and free speech vs. privacy. On side 2, he talks about Jack Dempsey, alcoholic beverages, being a drama critic around 1905-10, newspaper unions, how he got interested in American speech, and why newspapers should not own television stations. And much more! Completely absorbing hour from this cranky, articulate man who witnessed so much.

Caedmon spoken word recordings were mentioned recently in a Wall Street Journal article.

PGM: Each side is about 30 minutes long, levels are low.

you heard it 35 times on kfjc! most recently:
Hunter Gatherer says

H.L. Mencken is one of my favorite writers. I have this album in my personal collection, unopened. I'm looking forward to hearing the Sage of Baltimore on KFJC.


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