Wednesday, April 06, 2005

American Mercury

A piece of American publishing history arrived for me today, a 1928 issue of the American Mercury. The Mercury was edited by H L Mencken, a giant figure in American journalism, and a man who famously definted Puritanism as,

"The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."

Mencken also regarded most men as fools, and was not shy about trumpeting this fact. Here is the quote on the form for subscribing to the Mercury!

"The dead hand of the yokelry on the instinct for beauty cannot be so heavy if the handsome green and black cover of THE AMERICAN MERCURY exists." - Simeon Strunsky in the New York Times.

I may adapt this as a description for Extreme Unction. (update: - I have indeed modified this and added it as a frame for EU! please remember that it's just a joke, but i have to admit, the word "yokelry" has tickled my fancy)

2 Comments:

Blogger g said...

It's one to be cool by spouting witty aphorisms like a geyser. It's a whole other level of cool to have someone whip out a quote like Strunsky's about your magazine. I wish Mencken would come back with Ambrose Bierce as an avenging demons to terrorise the yokelry.

7:28 AM  
Blogger kingfelix said...

oh yes, that'd be great, so long as they didn't let somerset maugham squeeze into their time machine!

11:13 AM  

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