Michael Downs considers the troubled state of the institution that preserves the work of H. L. Mencken.
Michael Downs is a journalist and author of three books, including most recently a novel, The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist (2018). He co-wrote with Jim Hock Hollywood’s Team: Grit, Glamour, and the 1950s Los Angeles Rams (2016). His awards include a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Fulbright scholarship to study and work in Kraków, Poland. He directs the graduate program in professional writing at Towson University.