Here's Christopher Buckley in the "By The Book" feature of this week's New York Times Book Review--
Which book has had the greatest impact on you? What book made you want to write? H. L. Mencken’s “Prejudices.” He wrote these six volumes in the 1920s, but their zest, sinew and cut-and-thrust are undated, fresh and vital nearly a century after their ink dried. No American writer — except perhaps Twain and Bierce — could be so withering and gleeful at the same time.
Well said. I found the Prejudices series more or less by accident as a college senior, looking for something else in the library stacks--and soon had read them all. Now I have a set at home.
In a previous post, I wrote about the Library of America's publication of Prejudices in a two-volume set. Other Mencken-related posts from this blog are "Mencken's Bathrub Hoax" (from 2004, it still gets Google-generated traffic, I suppose for school reports) and "Mencken on the Writing Life."
Read some Mencken this weekend--you can't go wrong!