Live Inside the Prison with Mad Max.

My name is Maxwell Smith, age 40, white male. But call me Max. Whatever you do, do not call me Mad Max or Mental Max like the rest of the world. When you write about me and cite me, call me Max. Just Max. The Warden took this hour for the interview out of my … Continue reading Live Inside the Prison with Mad Max.

Why I Write

I write for my stitched shut lips and my chain downed vocal chords that are not able to speak. I write because my diction is better than my dialect. I write because my author ego is better at telling my story than I am physically able to.   I started writing when I was in … Continue reading Why I Write

The 16 Best Songs of John Lennon’s Solo Career

I fell in love with Lennon in the eighth grade. Not a romantic love, but an admiration. His music has helped shape me, my philosophy, and my experiences. They sometimes just spark strong emotion or send my soul sailing. Today is John Lennon’s 76th birthday, and I am mildly/healthily obsessed with him, so this is … Continue reading The 16 Best Songs of John Lennon’s Solo Career

From Raging with Rockstars to Running USF’S Rare Book Room

Before being in USF’s library swimming in a sea of 17,000 volumes of special collections-like family letters, manuscripts, diaries, and first editions -John Hawk was following rockstars’ limousines, going to concerts, spending his time at the record store, and being an active member of the Ten Club (Pearl Jam’s fan club).   “I remember seeing … Continue reading From Raging with Rockstars to Running USF’S Rare Book Room

100 Books You Must Read Before You Die.

These are a hundred books that I love and that I feel you MUST read (in my opinion). It is a very diverse selection of books. They are also in no particular order.     1. Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained- John Milton This is an epic poem, but it is considered a book often. It is … Continue reading 100 Books You Must Read Before You Die.

How to Commit a Crime.

Stand still. Walk. Breathe. Hold your breath. Smile. Frown. Laugh. Cry. Blink. Wink. Talk. Be quiet. Have black skin...

The Haight was Full of Hate: The True Story of the Summer of Love

Come to the Summer of Love! We have “a nightmare of frustration, anger, disillusionment, despair, racial conflict, and disease swirling about Haight Street, turning it into a tension-filled area simmering with hostility. Fights, holdups, muggings, and rapes are common. Youngsters stand in doorways and whisper their offers of sale to passers-by. The home of the … Continue reading The Haight was Full of Hate: The True Story of the Summer of Love

Sexual Liberation on a Jesuit Campus (video)

  Sexual liberation at the University of San Francisco, examined through the annual production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with the theater director, David Pangaro.  https://youtu.be/MduKtSkfYuo Thanks for watching! How would you define sexual liberation, and what do you think about it? If you're in college, what does sexual liberation look like on your … Continue reading Sexual Liberation on a Jesuit Campus (video)

The Maternal Embodiment of the Patriarch.

When a mysterious foreigner named Count Dracula sails to England from Transylvania,   Victorian life is flipped, and traditions become flipped along with their lives. Women are not acting like women, and men are not acting like men. The blame is traced back to the impact of Dracula. Dracula quickly becomes a threat to Victorian … Continue reading The Maternal Embodiment of the Patriarch.

How to Commit a Crime (Video)

I just uploaded my first video to YouTube! A short poem I wrote inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates and his book Between the World and Me. Please watch and share! I am also a victim to my allergies right now, so my voice may sound stuffy and low (I apologize). But i wanted to stick to … Continue reading How to Commit a Crime (Video)

December’s Recognized Reader: Kori

Time to recognize a reader for the month. Someone who’s been active, engaging, and supportive on my blog all last month and has gotten my attention… December's recognized reader is fellow WordPress blogger, Kori!  (a picture that represents her) A Little About Kori:  She loves tostadas She loves animals, even though "she is probably allergic to half … Continue reading December’s Recognized Reader: Kori

I’m On YouTube!

Click here to subscribe to my YouTube! My first post will be next Sunday! Big and exciting things are happening on my blog in 2017. The first of many great announcements is the introduction of my YouTube! I have officially joined YouTube and I would love for you all to subscribe to it! If reading pedantic posts all … Continue reading I’m On YouTube!

Happy New Year Readers!

I was going to post this at midnight last night, but trying to frantically post to all of my social media accounts (and I still think I forgot Twitter) I decided anytime January 1st would be fine. Haha.   So, happy new year to all my readers! I hope 2017 is your best year yet. … Continue reading Happy New Year Readers!