Author Archives: Roger W. Smith

About Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. Besides (1), a personal site, he also hosts a websites devoted to (2) the author Theodore Dreiser and (3) to the sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim Aleksandrovich Sorokin.

an island … a city surrounded by WATER

                  photographs by Roger W. Smith       *****************************************************     The photographs posted here above were all taken by me within the past few months in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, … Continue reading

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Beethoven, Mass in C major, opus 86

        I am partial to Beethoven’s Mass in C major, opus 86. It is not as well known as Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. The rendition here is from an old LP of mine. The Gloria is sublime. It occurs … Continue reading

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a Carnegie Hall concert

    I attended a concert yesterday evening at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. It began with Beethoven’s symphony No. 1. I felt like I was lifted off the floor. An experience not unlike what Walt Whitman describes in Leaves of … Continue reading

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Balzac on memory

    In view of the fact that I have posted several posts recently with comments about memory, I found the following passage in Stefan Zweig’s biography of Balzac to be very interesting.     *****************************************************     The assimilation … Continue reading

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a valuable lesson

    I have had occasion because of an unpleasant experience with someone close to me to think of something I learned once. In the interests of confidentiality, let’s just say that the situation from my past. The “lesson” (with … Continue reading

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    The following is an email of mine sent this morning to an acquaintance.     *****************************************************     Scott —   I’m on a jaunt. I had a sort of epiphany just now (actually at about 7 a.m., … Continue reading

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horse intelligence (can animals think?, redux)

    In a recent post of mine “the forlorn cat”   I posed the question: “Can and do animals with whom we are familiar, such as dogs, cats, and horses, have emotions similar to our own? Can … Continue reading

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