Category Archives: personal views of Roger W. Smith

Jonathan Swift on lawyers

    In which the author, Lemuel Gulliver, converses with his Houyhnhnm master and, “at his master’s command, informs him of the state of England.”     *****************************************************     I said, “there was a society of men among us, … Continue reading

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re Boston and environs as compared to NYC

    I just completed a trip to Massachusetts, including the city of Boston and the Greater Boston area. While stuck in traffic several times (too many), both in Boston proper and on the surrounding highways, I started to muse, … Continue reading

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“sick minds”

              O Rose thou art sick. The invisible worm, That flies in the night In the howling storm: Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy: And his dark secret love Does thy life … Continue reading

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is it possible (or desirable) to hold two divergent opinions at the same time?

    A full downloadable Word document is below.     “I suppose you have forgotten that many weeks ago I promised to send you an account of my companions at the Wells [a city in England]. …. “One of … Continue reading

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Racism Rears Its Ugly Head

      The 2017 Biennial exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan features a painting by the American artist Dana Schutz based upon photographs of the mutilated body of Emmett Till, the black teenager who was … Continue reading

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drugs

      We should treat with indulgence every human folly, failing, and vice, bearing in mind that what we have before us are simply our own failings, follies, and vices. For they are just the failings of mankind to … Continue reading

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“how about leaving the past alone?”

                re: Yale Will Drop John Calhoun’s Name From Building The New York Times February 11, 2017     The article indicates that on February 11, Yale University announced — after years of … Continue reading

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