Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What's in a name, you ask.




The recent interest in Geneology and the source of one's name has me poring through old family records hoping to find a distinguished old Cossack or somebody. I am not English, but with my luck it'll be John of Gaunt, not the most savory of historical characters.

What's in a name, you ask.
Well, suddenly long names are in. New movie stars appear, with easy -to- pronounce names like
Gyllenhaal, Wasikowska and Arulpragasam,
I especially like
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam (aka M.I.A.)

Whatever happened to ingriguing, almost literary (Henry Miller?) names like G. Muff Diver?

What do I know? I am just the dumpster diver who happens to have a long name. And no powdered wigs in my background, though I learned is Slavics class that the Queen is ten per cent Ukrainian...Old Norse nobility from the Kievan Princes. I mean, look at Her Majesty's picture and my own odd likeness. Scare the crap out of you, no?

Anyway, failing to find royalty, I had my ex wife design a crest for me and mine. Two crossed hoes rampant on a potato field...I mean, I was born in a potato field in the old country. My first cousin was a potato.

Well, been in Canada pretty well all my life.

Heh. Will success spoil Ivan Prokopchuk?

But how he longed for a real cool name, like the late journalist Seymour S. Elegant?


Simply!

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20 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I don't think I'm going to find anyone other than farmers in my family lineage. But I'm OK with that.

eric1313 said...
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eric1313 said...

Too many Germanic types with my name (Bachman)... sure, I'm German, but I'm also Irish, English, Scottish, Lorraine-Alsace (Germans posing as French quite infamously), Cherokee and a bit Jewish...

In other words, I'm a North American.

No, I'm not related to Randy Bachman of BTO... Used to get that question a lot... :D

ivan said...

Hi Eric,

Yes. North American. My kids have bits of every tribe or creed in them.

*

Oddly, Randy Bachman seems closer to my background...that's the only comparison. The talent, the talent!
Lord, Taking Care of Business!

BTW, a reader of this blog has offered some advice in reference to relocation and empoyment:

Meanwhile, Eric needs to get out of Detroit and get his girl and himself back down south. Ivan, tell him he ought to come to OKC -- there is construction galore going on in OKC and all the surrounding areas and lots of work so no one has to worry about getting knifed for a dishwashing job.

Intriguing. But Oklahoma is so far away.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Charles,

Up here in Canada we were taught American history, and only now do I realize it would come in handy.

Seems a farm background was good enough for old Honest Abe.

But I share one thing with him. Bipolar.

Maybe that's why I try to write fiction...There's got to be a better world someplace.

I am schizophrenic, and so am I!

eric1313 said...

I have a friend who has said the same thing in regards to Tulsa OK... He works for Hanke Brothers and has told me about how that area is still building and blooming... Austin TX is also on the radar, but it's a bit muggy there for my tastes--however, if you are a musician, you qualify for city paid health insurance :) That just blows me away.

But believe me, I am seriously weighing that option. Thank the concerned party for their thought. Consideration is a wonderful thing, and you have wonderful readers, this i know.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Eric,

I have never been bummed out in Texas.

Austin, of course is the heart of both music and--would you believe it?)--education in Texas. What a benevolent attitude towards musicians. But that's where Astin City Limits comes from.

There is also a thriving writer's community there.

Migod, I think I'll go myself.

Anonymous said...

1st Ever York Region Social Audit Report Released
“Behind The Masks”
….testimonials from those marginalized by income
“When anyone is hungry while others have too much to eat, when anyone has no shelter while others live in luxury, or when anyone lives in poverty while others enjoy affluence, justice is not present. Where justice is not present, the quality of all of our lives and communities disappears. ISARC believes that justice is the mutual responsibility of individuals, communities, and government, working together for a better future.”
The above quote is repeated in the Introduction section of the newly released 80 page social audit report on York Region entitled – Behind The Masks – testimonials from those marginalized by income as per ISARC’s previously published 2007 province-wide report.

--Tom Pearson, PACC

ivan said...

Tom,

There was more information in your press release, but my HTML set-up scotched me.

Keep up the good fight.

Hell, a starving aouthor, I went to the food bank this morning, and they had practically nothing!

TomCat said...

When you crossed the hoes, ehat did the pimps say? ;-)

ivan said...

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Be a Ho. Join the other two. Get your pimp off welfare!

ivan said...

I agree with this endorsement.

--G. Muff Diver.

Anonymous said...

Hi folks,

First, a huge thank you to everyone who came out to the Halifax book launch on Wednesday. We crammed more than a hundred people into the Company House (with a stalled line out the door at one point) and Bookmark sold out the 60 copies of Drive-by Saviours it brought. (Sorry to those who didn't get one, but stores are well stocked and so is Roseway at http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/?mode=cart&action=add&book=457). It was so heartwarming to have all those great people out to celebrate my book and hear great local music and reading.

On Saturday, 7pm, I'm presenting the Percy Prize for best unpublished Atlantic Canadian novel (the award I won in 2008) at the Jane Buss gala. It's at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth. Should be fun.

Then on Sunday I'll be reading at the Main Stage at Word on the Street Halifax, Victoria Park, at 11:30am. I'll be sharing the stage with the notorious Russell Smith, so it should be interesting. And I'll be signing books all day at the Roseway/Fernwood booth.

On Monday I leave for my book tour. Some of the dates have changed so please take a look at http://www.chrisbenjaminwriting.com/chris-benjamin-writing-blog/updated-book-tour-schedule-for-drive-by-saviours to see when I hit your town. And a few more Nova Scotia readings will be added later so I'll keep you posted on that.

In the meantime I've already had some fun media coverage. You can hear my interview on CKDU's Book Club at http://129.173.68.249/20100921.13.30-14.30.mp3. I come in at 22:00 minutes (about 1/3 of the way through), and it gets cut off at the end, but it gives you a good chunk of it.

Also, I got to go on haligonia.ca this week with Silver Donald Cameron. We interviewed each other about our new books. The clip is up at http://live.haligonia.ca/halifax-ns/soundbites/16248-sound-bites-a-meeting-of-literary-minds.html.

Aside from the novel, I have a couple other publications coming out this fall. First is my short story, The Law Won, which will be in the literary journal Descant's prison issue. If you're in Toronto you can attend the launch at Revival (783 College Street) on Wednesday, Oct 06, 2010, 7:30 p.m. But I won't be there - I'll be up in Lindsay reading. However, Hurricane Rubin Carter will be there, and it's a shame I'll miss the chance to meet such a passionate advocate for justice. You can learn more about the issue at http://www.descant.ca/issues/d150.html.

My short story, Gifts from the North, also appears in a new anthology out this month, called Airbourne, published by Third Person Press in Cape Breton. The launch is on, wait for it...October 6, 6:30-8:30pm, at the McConnell Memorial Library, 50 Falmouth Street in Sydney, Nova Scotia. More on the Airbourne Anthology at http://www.thirdpersonpress.com/.

--
Chris Benjamin will launch his first novel, Drive-by Saviours, on October 4, 7:30 pm at The Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St West, Toronto. Musicians Sarah Kenvyn and Charms (the duet of Jessica Moore and Gabe Levine) will warm the stage with their sultry sounds, and poet Kevin Fortnum will rock some spoken word.

http://www.chrisbenjaminwriting.com

http://www.youtube.com/chrisbenjaminwriting

Anonymous said...

Hi folks,

First, a huge thank you to everyone who came out to the Halifax book launch on Wednesday. We crammed more than a hundred people into the Company House (with a stalled line out the door at one point) and Bookmark sold out the 60 copies of Drive-by Saviours it brought. (Sorry to those who didn't get one, but stores are well stocked and so is Roseway at http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/?mode=cart&action=add&book=457). It was so heartwarming to have all those great people out to celebrate my book and hear great local music and reading.

On Saturday, 7pm, I'm presenting the Percy Prize for best unpublished Atlantic Canadian novel (the award I won in 2008) at the Jane Buss gala. It's at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth. Should be fun.

Then on Sunday I'll be reading at the Main Stage at Word on the Street Halifax, Victoria Park, at 11:30am. I'll be sharing the stage with the notorious Russell Smith, so it should be interesting. And I'll be signing books all day at the Roseway/Fernwood booth.

On Monday I leave for my book tour. Some of the dates have changed so please take a look at http://www.chrisbenjaminwriting.com/chris-benjamin-writing-blog/updated-book-tour-schedule-for-drive-by-saviours to see when I hit your town. And a few more Nova Scotia readings will be added later so I'll keep you posted on that.

In the meantime I've already had some fun media coverage. You can hear my interview on CKDU's Book Club at http://129.173.68.249/20100921.13.30-14.30.mp3. I come in at 22:00 minutes (about 1/3 of the way through), and it gets cut off at the end, but it gives you a good chunk of it.

Also, I got to go on haligonia.ca this week with Silver Donald Cameron. We interviewed each other about our new books. The clip is up at http://live.haligonia.ca/halifax-ns/soundbites/16248-sound-bites-a-meeting-of-literary-minds.html.

Aside from the novel, I have a couple other publications coming out this fall. First is my short story, The Law Won, which will be in the literary journal Descant's prison issue. If you're in Toronto you can attend the launch at Revival (783 College Street) on Wednesday, Oct 06, 2010, 7:30 p.m. But I won't be there - I'll be up in Lindsay reading. However, Hurricane Rubin Carter will be there, and it's a shame I'll miss the chance to meet such a passionate advocate for justice. You can learn more about the issue at http://www.descant.ca/issues/d150.html.

My short story, Gifts from the North, also appears in a new anthology out this month, called Airbourne, published by Third Person Press in Cape Breton. The launch is on, wait for it...October 6, 6:30-8:30pm, at the McConnell Memorial Library, 50 Falmouth Street in Sydney, Nova Scotia. More on the Airbourne Anthology at http://www.thirdpersonpress.com/.

--
Chris Benjamin will launch his first novel, Drive-by Saviours, on October 4, 7:30 pm at The Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St West, Toronto. Musicians Sarah Kenvyn and Charms (the duet of Jessica Moore and Gabe Levine) will warm the stage with their sultry sounds, and poet Kevin Fortnum will rock some spoken word.

http://www.chrisbenjaminwriting.com

http://www.youtube.com/chrisbenjaminwriting

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Migod, Chris.

You are dazzling us with your output and success.

I plan to be here inToronto
when you launch TO Oct 4.

benjibopper said...

Thanks Ivan! Wow, I'm really looking forward to meeting you.

eric1313 said...

Wish I could be there. At one time I would have bought the first round and a few more after. Thus, I am broke... lol.

All of this sounds so exciting.

Congratulations again, Mr Bopper.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Eric,

People tell me I have the disease of denial...When life gets too good, I decide it's just too good for me. So I descend to the dumpster.
Just when I decide to stop doing the masochist tango, I sell some books, enough for some beer, groceries and smokes...Hey this is way better. What in *&^^% was all that masochism about?
Friggin' nut.

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