In my years as a blogger, I have gone under several different names:
- Solnabanya for the defunct Yahoo! 360. That is the name of the village in Slovakia where my father was born. It means “Salt Mine,” and refers to a world-famous salt mine where my father started working at the age of ten. He loaded great leather bags with brine, which was hauled up by donkeys to a chute where the water was sent to an evaporation building. I visited this salt mine with my parents in 1977.
- Tarnmoor at Blog.Com, which had a much smaller readership. Tarnmoor is a pseudonym that was shared by Alain Silver, Jim Ursini, Herman Melville, and me. Melville wrote several pieces under the name of Salvatore R. Tarnmoor. Silver, Ursini, and I wrote a column for the UCLA Daily Bruin under the name “The Exotic Filmgoer,” signed by Tarnmoor, about foreign cinemas in Los Angeles.
- Ixtaccihuatl at Multiply.Com is named after one of the two volcanoes just east of Mexico City. The more famous one is Popocatepetl. When Multiply decided to pull out of the American market and concentrate on Southeast Asia, I decided to migrate here to WordPress.Com, where, once again, I am Tarnmoor.
As to my own personal history, I am a computer software expert and network administrator working for an accounting firm in West Los Angeles. I was an English major at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, then coming out to the Left Coast to study Motion Picture History and Criticism at UCLA’s graduate school. I stopped short of getting a degree because of the ugly faculty politics and went on in the computer field, where I am ensconced for the time being.
Generally speaking, I write one blog a day, more or less. I live in West L.A. with my girlfriend Martine. I hope you enjoy what I write, and I always look forward to hearing from anyone who doesn’t want to engage me in a political debate, particularly if they are Right Wingers.
I write mostly about politics (with a decidedly anti-conservative slant), history, literature, film, travel, photography, and humor. Sometimes I just meditate. Most of the time, I bloviate—or should I say blogulate?
The following is a list from my profile on Goodreads.Com. It is in no particular order, but it’ll give you an idea where my head is at:
Marcel Proust: A la recherche de temps perdu (re-read every 10 yrs)
William Faulkner: Absalom Absalom; Light in August; Go Down Moses; The Hamlet
Honore de Balzac: Père Goriot; Lost Illusions
James Boswell: Life of Samuel Johnson LLD
Gyula Krudy: Krudy’s Chronicles
Jorge Luis Borges: Labyrinths; Ficciones
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 100 Years of Solitude
Icelandic Sagas, particularly: Njals Saga, Egils Saga, Eyrbyggja Saga, Grettir’s Saga, and Laxdaela Saga
Nikolai Leskov: Tales
G K Chesterton: Essays, Poetry and Fiction
Shakespeare: Plays; Sonnets
Franz Kafka: Novels & Tales
Machado de Assis: Epitaph of a Small Winner
Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Time of Gifts; Between the Woods and the Water; Mani
Lucian of Samosata: Dialogues
George Mackay Brown: Poems; Hawkfall
Anthony Trollope: The Way We Live Now; Last Chronicle of Barset
Boethius: Consolation of Philosophy
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne: Essays
Sir Walter Scott: Journals; Old Mortality; Heart of Midlothian
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Confessions, Emile
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment, Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot
Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace, The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Georges Perec: Life A User’s Manual
Poems By: Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges
Thucydides: Peloponnesian War
Fernando Pessoa: Book of Disquiet