Monday, September 11, 2006
Volume III of Mencken's autobiography is not sequentially related to the first two. According to the Preface, he decided to do another volume based on reader demand, and had leftover tidbits from childhood to dotage which he expanded to fill up a third tome. He also admits with a wink that there are a great many 'stretchers' in the text. I'd go further: Heathen Days is a book of tall-tales featuring H.L. Mencken as hero. It reads like Casanova's memoirs as re-imagined by Sam Clemens (minus the women), and is therefore unimaginably good.
I have 3.5 months in which to read 28 more books. I will never do this 100 books in a year thing again. I much prefer leisurely reading without keeping score.