My doctoral research at Berkeley was on online discourse strategies across multiple languages. The thesis, straightforward enough, is that the expediency factor is mitigated by the specific contexts of the languages themselves. The morphological and semantic constructs that provide a frame for our communication affect both our spoken and written (of which online is a variant) discourse. Continue on to the abstract (or click the page navigation above)…
The Russian River in Sonoma County, California, has entertained everyone from Russian trappers to California ranchers to gay summer refugees from foggy San Francisco. The site of the southernmost Russian settlement in the Americas, Fort Ross, is just to the north, giving the Russian River its name.
Going through my papers for this blog today, I found my mother’s birth certificate. Born in Cracow, Poland in 1941, her first years were in the heart of the greatest tragedy of the 20th century. Every time I see this I go through my own kind of “Vergangenheitsbewältigung”, dealing with the past. In the same search I found the ‘guide-book’ to Auschwitz/Oswiecim, that I visited in 1989.
As Paul Thomas Anderson rightly observed in the film Magnolia: “We may be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us.”