Category Archives: my reading; observations on reading

“There is nothing generic about human life.”

      I am reading a recently published book by Kate Bowler: Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved. Ms. Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School. In 2015, she was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage … Continue reading

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Louisa May Alcott

    I am reading Louisa May Alcott’s Hospital Sketches (1863) in the 1960 Harvard University Press edition edited by Bessie Z. Jones, which, if you can get your hands on it, is the best available edition, but there are … 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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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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