Category Archives: aesthetics

“New and improved” in the arts is not always better.

      Last night, Friday, November 10, I attended a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York which included a performance of Saint-Saëns’s string quartet No. 1 in E Minor. In the program notes, it was noted that Saint-Saëns … Continue reading

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highfalutin hogwash; pseudo intellectual inanity; pernicious pomposity, perverse pontificating (take a hike, Spiro Agnew! you too, Bill Safire!)

    Two things are pertinent to this post — form a background to it, so to speak. First, this past March, I wrote a blog post: “Racism Rears Its Ugly Head”   https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/03/22/racism-rears-its-ugly-head/   about objections to a painting by … Continue reading

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on aesthetic and cultural appreciation of literature and film; my favorite directors (小津安二郎は日本の映画監督・脚本家)

      以下、このエッセイの日本語への翻訳の一部を参照してください。 (Japanese translation of my comments regarding the director Yasujirō Ozu is appended below.)     *****************************************************   on aesthetic and cultural appreciation of literature and film; my favorite directors (小津安二郎は日本の映画監督・脚本家) by Roger W. Smith     I … Continue reading

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thinking “too energetically”

    I was thinking today of something I read about Charles Darwin. It was in an article about Darwin by my former therapist, Dr. Ralph Colp Jr. Early in the course of our sessions, I told Dr. Colp that … Continue reading

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a pregnant thought

      conveyed to me by a long time friend in a phone conversation this morning he was quoting a statement made by a philosophy professor in a college class he was enrolled in many years ago the statement, … Continue reading

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