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; classical music; 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 websites devoted to (2) the author Theodore Dreiser and (3) to the sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin.

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                    Pushkin’s favorite month was October. Spring starts out wet and raw and often wintry at the outset. Fall starts out just plain nice and within a couple of weeks or … Continue reading

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Mozart, 3 German Dances; Handel, Water Music Suite (arranged by Sir Hamilton Harty)

          They are posted here on a scratchy LP from the 1960’s that a friend digitalized for me. Conducted by Herbert von Karajan.     *****************************************************   My older brother gave me this LP as a … Continue reading

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Gavin Bryars, “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet”

    A well known early work of the contemporary English composer Gavin Bryars is “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet” (1971). I feel compelled to post it here because it is a unique and stirring example of religious music, … Continue reading

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Çalikuşu (The Autobiography of a Turkish Girl) now available in a complete, new English translation

    The book is available on Amazon:                     Çalikuşu (The Wren) by Reşat Nuri Güntekin The Complete English Translation Parts 1-4 Translated from The Turkish by Sir Wyndham Deedes Part … Continue reading

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    Pleonasm is defined as the use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning, either as a fault of style or for emphasis. For example: see with one’s eyes. From which have, an as example, pleonastic word … Continue reading

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    A Robin Redbreast in a Cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage. A Dove house filld with Doves & Pigeons Shudders Hell thr’ all its regions A dog starvd at his Masters Gate Predicts the ruin of the … Continue reading

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Bartók, Eight Hungarian Folksongs for voice and piano (nyolc magyar népdal)

        Posted here as a single track:   Bela Bartók, Eight Hungarian Folksongs for voice and piano (nyolc magyar népdal)   nos. 1–5, 1907 nos. 6–8, 1917   The music is stunning and the performance by a … Continue reading

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