Category Archives: my reading; observations on reading

an email to the editor, about J. M. Synge’s “The Aran Islands”

    Dear Tim, Thanks very much for getting back to me. I apologize for the slight delay in responding to you! To introduce myself. I live in New York City. I have always been deeply immersed in literature. I … Continue reading

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in which I take stock of myself considered as a reader

    The following is the text of an email of mine from today to an academic with whom I have had contact periodically regarding literary scholarship. Her research interests are in the area of early twentieth century American literature. … Continue reading

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On Reading Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

   rws-comments-on-how-to-win-friends-and-influence-people   I have just finished reading Dale Carnegie’s bestselling book How to Win Friends and Influence People, which was originally published in 1936. I took notes as I was reading and got a lot out of it. The … Continue reading

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On Reading Theodore Dreiser’s “An American Tragedy”

    I don’t have a Ph.D. and lack the academic qualifications of many literary scholars, yet I have a broad and deep knowledge of literature from a lifetime of reading and I feel I have excellent taste. I also … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “A Commentary on Nathaniel Philbrick’s Observations about ‘Moby-Dick'”

  I have been reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s Why Read Moby-Dick? (2011). Philbrick is a great admirer of Herman Melville. He states, in the first chapter, that he has read Melville’s novel Moby-Dick “at least a dozen times.” I read Moby-Dick … Continue reading

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“On Aesthetic and Cultural Appreciation of Literature and Film, and My Favorite Directors” (小津安二郎は日本の映画監督・脚本家)

    A full downloadable Word document is below.     *****************************************************   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.)     Roger W. Smith “On Aesthetic and Cultural Appreciation of Literature and … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “‘dirty’ books”

  There was a cheap mass market paperback book on the living room bookshelf in our house in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the 1950’s – I would guess it was my mother’s because she was the parent with literary tastes: a … Continue reading

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