Solitude in public: Moshu on the web
Unfortunately, the section title is not my invention: the expression has been coined by the famous Russian actor and theatre director Stanislavski (Константин Сергеевич Станиславский) in one of his works — when describing the position of the actor on a stage… Theatre has never been foreign to me: used to go to all kind of performances from my early childhood, and in my university years I was very actively involved in an avantgarde student theatre. Later I became a theatre critic, and I wanted to know “everything” about the art of theatre, so I have read lots of theoretical works and books, among them Stanislavski’s.
All that happened ages ago in the distant place where I was born: in the city of Kolozsvár (Cluj, Klausenburg) in Transylvania. Transylvania is in Romania, but I am a Hungarian-speaking Transylvanian – just to make things more complicated. Officially, I have studied linguistics, languages and literature, and after getting my degree I worked as a teacher. Later switched professions and became a technical translator and free-lance journalist (since the Communist secret police found me untrustworthy to be allowed to work as an “official” journalist in their system).
In the late eighties I moved to Budapest, Hungary and started to work as full-time journalist for a few years. It didn’t give me the satisfaction I was longing and hoping for… so, I left the media to work as a humanitarian worker (actually, head of mission) in war-torn places like Bosnia and Chechnya.
By the middle of the 90s I got fed up with Eastern Europe, and I found they have too many borders, too many languages and too many fences, so I moved to Canada. Tried to obtain a MA in applied linguistics and cross-cultural communication… but never finished it. I guess I was too old to accept the way the the system operated. In the meantime I have lived in Hamilton, ON; North of Toronto (Woodbridge); close to Vancouver (Aldergrove, BC); Hamilton again, and since 2004 in Winnipeg, MB – here together with the woman I finally settled with.
I started to make websites since 2000.
Back to the section title: somehow the analogy struck me — the blogger is also on the public “stage” of the web, as the actor is, yet alone in his small circle of attention to focus on.
Luckily, the hypertext gives you the perception of a larger circle of interlinked new friends.
And in case you are curious:
My real name is Istvan Horvath (it would be Horváth István in Hungarian); born in 1951 in a legendary place called Transylvania. We live in a quiet neighbourhood of Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada, together with my wife, Tatjana, who is from Sarajevo, Bosnia. I have a grown-up son who works as a programmer in North Carolina. My old friends from my homeland are all emigrants scattered around the world…
Here is a summary list of my past occupations: teacher, technical translator, novel translator, brushmaker, journalist, salesman, sales manager, humanitarian worker and manager, missionary apprentice, interpreter, insurance agent, investments broker, delivery driver, security guard, webmaster and designer, blogger…
I am addicted to the internet and WordPress. This is an official diagnosis by the “live-in” psychiatrist, the wife.