Author: Sofia

Amid Liminal Influence

Often, I find myself wondering how the symphony of each moment, situation, biophysical and other conditions have shaped me into who I am today.  Particularly, I am curious about the “anxiety of influence,” a concept reviewed by contemporary literary critic Harold Bloom, whose central thesis was that poets in their creative work are often hindered by the ambiguous relationship they maintain with their precursors.  In his book “Anxiety of Influence” Bloom argues that in order truly to be an original poet, it is necessary to rid oneself of the influence derived from the works of the poets who came before.  He then offers six pathways to achieve this goal. How is Bloom’s concept applicable to the influence that our immediate environment exerts on us continuously?  Where does the scepter of discrimination draw a line between my boundaries and the other’s, the inner from the outer?  And what should be the guiding principle for choosing what to keep and what to discard or leave unnoticed?  Does influence stop at hindering or can it usurp the complete …

I See Sound

communication (n.) late 14c., from Old French comunicacion (14c., Modern French communication), from Latin communicationem (nominative communicatio), noun of action from past participle stem of communicare “to share, divide out; communicate, impart, inform; join, unite, participate in,” literally “to make common,” from communis (see common (adj.)). Sound surrounds. It diligently delivers the raw data of our perception field. Simply, it communicates the basic properties of nature, location and nuance of physical existence.  Sound is the raw testament to the dynamic range and pulse of life processes, cueing us to the trickling mutations in our personal, manmade and natural spheres. We are the chosen addressee for the sounds on the street, the shifting seasons, our internal dialogue – all in constant motion – they depict, emphasize, fight for a place in the ear of the beholder, inviting us to pick our moment’s residence among a myriad of possible worlds, some familiar, others taking our attention to lands undiscovered. Sounds can captivate us, scatter, leave us inspired, heartbroken, frozen or frazzled. Hidden within basic air pressure displacements …

Where the Heart Is

Home is physical, a built structure, a roof, four walls, a web. Home is a place at the table, nourishment. Yet, home remains a mere dream for those who experience its absolute absence. Many in the Bay Area find themselves homeless. In the months ahead, we will explore the ways people and organizations in the Bay are trying to make headway to house more people who need it. We’ll also take a closer look at displacement, the byproduct of gentrification and the yawning gap between income and housing costs here.  Laura McCamy of OaklandLocal has been covering the issue as it plays out in Oakland and Alameda County.  At yesterday’s SPUR event, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) shared highlights and findings from its State of the Region, chronicling the growing pressures on transit and housing, and the promise and downside of employment trends. BayMozaic will circle back to the report in the weeks ahead. Behind every set of statistics lives a methodology, and more importantly, thousands of stories of lives affected. (Haleh, photos …

Theatre of Dreams

I wake my way into the pulsing world, morphing, mesmerizing, still.  At times I open my eyes. Chasing contours, colors and form, I spin the yarn into a stage for dreams and artifacts.  I seek the glistening divide between now and \ then, running a maze of infinite f p s.  Dreams shape me.