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
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
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.
We don’t often do posts just for the purpose of linking other stories, but today we’re making an exception because Ian Welsh just nails it.
Go. Read. This. Now. It’s the right thing to do.
Finally … The Birthday Massacre … has come back … to Denver. They’re headlining tonight at The Marquis, and here’s hoping some of S&R’s Denver-area friends will join me in a little head-banging. Here’s a preview:
Courtesy of comedian Tim Hawkins, today’s TunesDay is dedicated to S&R’s own rock star, who flips another year on the calendar this Saturday. He knows who he is.
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
Get your weekend on, folks.
More evidence of ecological catastrophe in the wake of the BP oil spill. Directed by our friend Lee Camp.
I’m not normally a slam guy. I’m a poet, and slam poetry tends to be more about the performance and less about the words, per se. That’s a generalization, I know, and there are exceptions. Most slam I see has more in common with hip-hop than poetry.
All that said, this guy is amazing.
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?”
Yeah, I don’t know, either. It’s fun, though. Stop whatever you’re doing and dance.
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 DollarShower.com.
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