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
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Thought of you when I saw some photos of Machu Picchu. One is of a totally amazing trail: http://wp.me/p4Aup7-3U
That trail looks a little above my hiking skills.
You and me both, Jim. I wouldn’t have dared tackle it even in my glorious youth, lol.
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Still don’t get the Jam tomorrow joke! Please explain more….
It involves Latin and comes from Lewis Carroll’s THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. Jam (or Iam) in Latin means “today.”
I tried to comment one of Your old post (Fairbanks 142) – but no succes, because “comments closed”. I dislike it.
They closed comments because it was an old posting.
I keep open all my old posts for comments. Thank You responding. Have a good day!
Hello–It was lovely for my sister and I to come across your recollections of Papa Bach’s. We are the children of Ted and Eva, and I have had several encounters over the years with people for whom the bookstore played a significant role in their life. I met Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist for the Doors, around 2001, and he talked to me about how he and Jim spent many happy hours there. I lived much of my early childhood in the store, and it is always wonderful for me to think about how I must have often crossed paths with people like you, Ray, Jim, many other cultural luminaries, and many, many others whose lives were impacted in small and even very large ways. Thank you for your heartwarming tribute! Luther Riedel
Thanks, Luther. For my first years in Los Angeles, Papa Bach’s was the center of my life — even more so than UCLA. Its closure has left a void in my life.
Don’t remember how but I found one if your short articles a couple years ago and have been a loyal follower ever since. Thank you! I’m a native Vermonter from White River and also read the Valley News every day. You may get off on this article in today’s edition.
Follow the link below to view the article.
‘Coming back to our homelands’
Interesting. Only 20 Native Americans in 200 years! Thanks for reading my posts.
Hello Tarnmoor! How are you? My name is Fernando from Buenos Aires, Argentina and I would love to contact your friend David Benestly because I want to interview him for a new art website that I’m working. Do you know where I can contact your friend? Best wishes to you, Fernando. P.S.: I love your blog!!
Thank you very much, Tarnmoor. You are great!! Greetings from Buenos Aires.
Hi, my name is Julie and I just finished reading your posts on growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, specifically the Buckeye Road area. My birthday’s coming up and feeling nostalgic, I googled my childhood homes, schools, churches, etc. and somehow, I came upon your blog, or should I say it just appeared. Reading your memories brought tears to my eyes so I thought I’d reach out and say “hello”. Buckeye Road was a great place to live and grow as a child and I have many fond memories. And I am Hungarian. I even attended Harvey Rice for 2nd grade. Anyway, thanks for your memories which triggered more of mine. Thank you and take care. ~ Julie
Thanks, Julie. It always brings back memories for me.
Well done: on a high-quality favourite books list !✨
(With many I’ve also enjoyed.)