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Clifton Smith

Year of Birth

Personal Introduction
When not writing, making music, or reading, I can be found promoting the works of Carl Sagan or riding my bicycle.

Musical Interests
Ron Sexsmith, Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, Lucinda Williams....

Reading Interests
Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, Bertrand Russell, Richard Dawkins, Ted L. Nancy....

Film/TV Interests
Elmer Gantry, Woody Allen, François Truffaut, Iron Man, Miloš Forman, Stephen Colbert, Eddie Izzard, C-SPAN, Book TV....

Misc. Interests
Writing, Musical Composition, Language, Film....

Other Sites/Projects
sic magazine: This is a web magazine I help edit and contribute to.
Planet and Epoch: This is my personal blog.
Wikipedia: This is my user page at Wikipedia.

Favorite Quotes
"All my moral and intellectual being is penetrated by an invincible conviction that whatever falls under the dominion of our senses must be in nature and, however exceptional, cannot differ in its essence from all the other effects of the visible and tangible world of which we are a self-conscious part. The world of the living contains enough marvels and mysteries as it is—marvels and mysteries acting upon our emotions and intelligence in ways so inexplicable that it would almost justify the conception of life as an enchanted state. No, I am too firm in my consciousness of the marvelous to be ever fascinated by the mere supernatural which (take it any way you like) is but a manufactured article, the fabrication of minds insensitive to the intimate delicacies of our relation to the dead and to the living, in their countless multitudes; a desecration of our tenderest memories; an outrage on our dignity."
Joseph Conrad
from the "Author's Note" in his 1917 book The Shadow Line

"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
Carl Sagan
from the chapter "The Most Precious Thing" in his 1996 book The Demon-Haunted World



Ron Sexsmith: I added new categories, several citations and tried to improve the overall readability.

Elmer Gantry (film): I added several details to the plot summary.

To DoEdit

  • Add media editing ability userboxes.