Ed Driscoll

Somewhere, H.L. Mencken Is Roaring With Laughter

In the first half of the 20th century, H. L. Mencken wrote a great many aphorisms that resonate to this day. They were almost invariably cynical, and often spot-on about human behavior. One of his most famous was his definition of “puritanism”, which Mencken regarded as, “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

Today, Newsbusters catches his former employer with a serious case of just that sort of puritanism: “Confess Your Biggest ‘Eco Sin’ to the Baltimore Sun, Win a Green Prize.”

Which is also a reminder of another famous Mencken quote, come to think of it.