I’m a PhD candidate in English literature at a private university in Texas. I have a wife and three kids. I like books, beer, bicycles, and the occasional day of manual labor.

This blog is updated irregularly, with posts covering a wide range of subjects, and which are generally provisional and first-draft-y (I rarely edit posts, beyond a quick re-read to check for typos).

For part of 2011, I blogged through a book called This Book Will Change Your Life – the Book, for short. This post explains why I did it.


9 Comments on “About”

  1. Becky Clary says:

    Can you subscribe me to your blob via email? I’m an old (literally and figeratively) of your mom’s from Tulsa. I met you when you were this high…^ I have a son named Jack. I look forward to reading your blog!

    • hgoldsmith says:

      Jack’s a good name, isn’t it?
      I can’t subscribe you myself, but I added an “email subscriptions” box to the sidebar – it doesn’t require any sort of registration with WordPress, just an email, and you can choose how often you want updates. If it doesn’t work, let me know!

  2. rashmitharao says:

    What a life! Literature, wife and kids..awesome.

  3. Becky Clary says:

    I forgot a word in my initial request above… I’m an old FRIEND of your mom’s. There, now I can sleep nights. I thoroughly enjoy your humor and look forward to your emails nightly. They’re best read at the end of a long day, when I need a laugh or amusement of sorts. Forgive the bother, but what is the title of “THE BOOK” that you are following? I came into the program tardy, so I do not know. I’m a tad too lazy to dig through your blog, but I am curious. Thanks Mr. G. Appreciate the help. I hope you have a wonderful Friday in your cinderblock hole. ICK. Becky C.

    • hgoldsmith says:

      Becky: Thanks for the compliments – glad to know people think this stuff is funny.
      The Book is called This Book Will Change Your Life – it was first published in late 2003, and several “sequels” have been published since then. A friend gave it to me for my birthday last year, with the hope that it would get me writing more – which is exactly what it’s done, so it’s been a great gift.

  4. ppirapokin says:

    Hi! I am looking to do the same task as you!

    • hgoldsmith says:

      Good luck! It started getting tough for me around Day 150: I was ready for a break, and it took some willpower to refrain from taking one.

  5. Becky Reaves says:

    Dear Mr. Goldsmith,
    I changed my email address. Please remove “Beckymclary@aol.com” from the email distribution. I’ve re-registered using my new email address. I wondered what happened to you, and thought perhaps I’d done something to stop the delightful emails from coming into my inbox, and now I have discovered that it was your busy schedule that got in our way. Carry on with the hilarity!
    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Becky Reaves

    • hgoldsmith says:

      Becky: I can’t actually unsubscribe you, but there should be an “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each email, if you still have access to the old account.
      And I stopped posting not only because of my hectic schedule, but also because my trip to Taos disrupted my normal routine to the point that I couldn’t recover. We’ll see if it sticks this time.

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