Benjamin N. Smith

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Linguistic Liberties

N OT LONG AGO, when I was back home in the nether-parts of Virginia, I attended a soiree with all

Those Back-to-School Blues

E VERY YEAR around this time, I have to live through an ordeal. I am sitting at the lunch table,

A Fatal Mistake

V ERY RARELY CAN a person recall the exact moment of the life-shattering mistake which ruined his or her life,

Square Ordeal

O NE DAY I was walking in front of Holyoke Center, minding my own business, when something extraordinary happened. I

Trouble With Tables

T HE OTHER NIGHT, sulking through my dining hall, bouncing from the Spanish Table to the Hebrew Table, avoiding the

A Section in Hell

T HE OTHER DAY, spurred by a fear that I had heard something moving around inside, I cleaned out my

Professing Some Hatred

T HE OTHER DAY at lunch, as I sat there trying to figure out what kind of sea creatures, if

Brazil's Flying Circus

Brazil Directed by Terry Gilliam At the Harvard Square Theatre and the USA Copley Place T HERE HAS ALWAYS been

Harvard Health Plan Settlement Averts Strike

Three hundred and fifty non-medical employees of the Cambridge and Kenmore Harvard Community Health Plan (HCHP) remained on the job

Thanks for the Blues

I HAVE TO ADMIT that it seemed like a good idea at first. I had never had the opportunity to

Adult Responsibilities

A GREAT DEAL of praise has already been lavished on the concerned citizens and legislators who have kindly saved 20-year

Maxie Misses By a Mile

B efore Maxie was even halfway over, I began looking for a bag to wear over my head on the

Special Duty

E VERY YEAR around this time, I have to live through an ordeal. I am sitting at the lunch table,

A Ride on the Wild Side

H UNTING for heroin addicts in the stairwell of an unlit, urine-scented housing project, Officers Michael C. O'Hara and Richard

Southern Discomfort

W HEN I LOOK back on it, I guess I can blame the Army. Somewhere back in the early '70s,