Monthly Archives: August 2010

Shameless self-promo warning: Sam Smith’s bitchin’ new Facebook poetry page

In addition to being a blogger and a marketing whore, I’m a poet. Actually, that’s what I enjoy the most and what I’m best at. Sadly, poetry doesn’t pay the way I’d like. Still, I do it because it matters a great deal to me. Lately I’ve been writing more and thinking more about how I can better promote my work and be more effective at publishing.

To this end, I’ve launched a new Facebook page: Samuel Smith Poetry, and if you appreciate the magnificent ways in which words can be twisted to do our bidding, you’re invited to stop by. Here’s what you’ll find: Read more

Mad Men no longer stride the Earth

As I’m sure you’ve heard, Mad Men is quite hot right now. I haven’t watched it yet, although I plan on renting season one in the near future because everybody I know tells me it’s the greatest thing since the invention of vacuum tubes.

For those who don’t know anything about the behind-the-scenes machinations of the agency world, I imagine the show is fascinating on a lot of levels, as it depicts one of America’s grand industries in its prime. These days, though, admen are the hunted, not the hunters. Read more

The Miles Between Here and Home: Chapbook Now Available for Download

In 2003 I was fortunate enough to have a collection of my poems published as the featured chapbook in The Dead Mule, one of the finest publications of Southern literature in the country. Since then TDM has undergone some changes and my chapbook is no longer available in their archive. So I thought I’d pull it all together and make it available to those of you who’d like a copy.

The text includes poems from my first and second books, The Rainwater Chronicles and The Love Song of Ethan Brand. Given that this was for TDM, the collection draws heavily my earlier, more “Southern” work. You might like that, you might not.

In any case, here is, and I hope you enjoy it.

When professors attack (each other): a response to “What exactly is a doctorate?”

A friend and colleague passed along a Gizmodo article today entitled “What exactly is a doctorate?” First, take a second to look it over, and make sure you sift through the comments, as well, because I think they’re important to the point I want to make.

I’ll begin by acknowledging three important things. First, the writer (Dr. Matt Might of the University of Utah) is intending a humorous take on an institution that’s pure arcana to the average American non-PhD. Heck, it can be pretty arcane to those who have PhDs (or are in the process of earning them). Since he prefaces the piece by saying this is something he uses on his own doc students every year, it’s safe to assume that it’s not intended as a body slam against education. And humor is valuable – we never get anywhere worth going by taking ourselves too seriously.

Second, It’s hard to deny that some PhDs are laboring away to very little effect. Read more

The greatest catch of all time

Willie Mays had “the catch.” Ozzie had that ridonculous reach-back grab where he’s diving left as the ball hits a rock and hops the other way on him. Jim Edmonds made a spectacular full lay-out dive running directly away from the plate that’s maybe awesomer than both. But sonofabitch, you gotta see this grab. It answers the question “what if Spiderman played centerfield?”

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Top 1K: It’s a big day at S&R

There are several ways of evaluating a blog’s place in the food chain. The one we’ve always paid the most attention to is Technorati, a search and ranking site that indexes well over 850,000 blogs. If you’re interested in learning more about how Technorati operates, you can review this overview at

Anyway, as of this morning, Scholars & Rogues has, for the first time in our history, crashed into the Top 1,000. We’ve been flirting with the 1K mark for a couple of weeks now, and at the moment we’re ranked #969. Needless to say, we’re pretty darned proud of ourselves. Read more