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. He also hosts a website devoted to the author Theodore Dreiser.

a bitter exchange

    Crane Brinton, ‘Socio-Astrology’   ‘Historionics’ (Sorkin Reply to Crane Brinton)     *****************************************************   A remarkable exchange between Harvard history professor Crane Brinton and Pitirim A. Sorokin, then chairman of Harvard’s Department of Sociology, occurred in 1937 and … Continue reading

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no greater love

    This morning I was thinking about something seemingly unremarkable that I observed in my neighborhood about two weeks ago. I told my wife about it the other day. I live in what would probably be called a working … Continue reading

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Astral Weeks

        *****************************************************   In my young twenties, shortly after I had moved to New York, I was listening one afternoon to a progressive rock radio station playing the type of music that everyone seemed to be listening … Continue reading

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a note to the Tooth Fairy

        *****************************************************     Tooth   Re: Tooth Amount of money: $5.00   Tooth Fairy (Mommy) — Directions; 1. Take tooth; 2. Leave cash (no checks please) Hint: look under pillow. Only stupid people don’t get this. … Continue reading

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kudos

    Writers hunger for understanding and appreciation (as well as readers). A few readers of this blog, besides disagreeing (often vehemently) with my point of view, as reflected in some of my posts, have also critiqued my writing. I … Continue reading

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more Philip Glass (piano)

          *****************************************************   Posted here are two Philip Glass piano pieces: Metamorphosis One Mad Rush     — Roger W. Smith

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Koyaanisqatsi

          *****************************************************   Posted here is the soundtrack of the film Koyaanisqatsi (also known as Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance), a 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass. In the Hopi … Continue reading

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