Empty Days

Wednesday, May 18, 2005



Escape from USA.

Oh, here's some real-life dynamics I found while looking for stuff on Rozanov. An american blogger's autobiography:
My Introduction:

My name is Erich Lippman (spelled that way because my father wanted to name me after the convicted German war criminal Field Marshal Erich von Manstein, famous for his innovative plan to defeat France quickly). Condemned to question my identity and meaning from the getgo. Strangely enough, considering the dubious nature of my first name, my family was probably Jewish (emigrating relative named Jacob Lippman). They came from the German city of Koenigsberg (now Kaliningrad) in 1849. Probably a good time to leave. Anyway, I grew up in rural Centralia, Illinois, 70 miles dead east of St. Louis, MO. I grew up in an Evangelical Christian family and went on as the 25th member of my family to attend Asbury College, a theologically Wesleyan, Evangelical school. It was at Asbury that I first encountered the Russian writer Fedor Dostoevsky when, following Professor Mike Peterson's advice, I read The Brothers Karamazov. Ironically, this aspect of my collegiate experience led me to an obsession with Eastern Orthodoxy and Russia. As a result, coming away from Asbury with a double major in history and philosophy, I headed to Minnesota to study Russian Orthodox history and culture with the guru of such studies -- Professor Theofanis Stavrou. That's what I've been doing for the last 5 years, and still am doing, hoping to come away with a Ph.D. eventually. However, as for now, I continue to float in that elusive limbo known as ABD (all but dissertation) status. While doing so, I teach and TA classes, the current one being on European History, 1945- Present.

This is my "professional" background (it has to be in quotes until I actually have a profession). On a more personal note, I also met my beautiful wife, then Dawn Tevis, at Asbury (her blog is linked). After dating for a few years, we were engaged for my first year in grad school. She stayed in Kentucky working while I was in Minnesota taking classes. This allowed me the privilege of letting her do the wedding planning, shortly after which I headed for Greece and Cyprus on a research trip, leaving her to get acquainted with Minnesota on her own. I won't be doing that again any time soon. After she had been up here for about a year, we both converted to Eastern Orthodoxy. I still take research trips, only nowadays to Russia instead of Greece. Hopefully, Dawn will get to go on the next one for a while.
I do wish I were hungarian! :-/





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