I was born in Arad, Romania, in 1968. I came to Denmark in 1990, and since then I have embarked on a reading career.
I consider myself a reader. I read for a living. Until recently I’ve been a professor of literature at Roskilde University. After I quite the academia because I got tired of dullness and lies, I went expanding my cartomantic business. Here’s a short version of me in poetic form: I’m Available.
In the academic world my credentials were two doctorates, tenured professorship for my works in poetics, and books.
In the cartomantic world my credentials are exclamations mark: ‘No shit! You’re always right!’
Speaking cartomancy, in my own view, I’m not the one who is right, as I hardly ever know the people who come to me for a consultation, but the cards are, because they address the people’s contexts and questions directly and head on, which they themselves identify with and relate to via visual analogy. The best kind.
What I’m good at in this connection is sign-posting. I identify trajectories, blind spots, and ways of demystifying the problem.
Speaking life, reading is living with poetry and ideas. There’s nothing like reading books, oracles, pictures, peoples, animals, the universe, stones and waters. In this connection I see myself primarily as a storyteller whose preferred medium of expression is the oracular, as mediated by natural omens, cards, the stars, bones, and books.
Speaking academic life, I tried to do my part in promoting what there is to promote regarding the participation in the creation of knowledge. But unless your voice sounds of money, no one is interested.
Part of my research is to explore storytelling on two planes:
First, I see storytelling from the perspective of the interdisciplinary scholar who cuts across narrative, poetics, semiotics, and hermeneutics.
Second, I perform storytelling, that is, embody the scholar cum practitioner. My example is the anthropologist gone native, the historian of religion gone priest, and the semiotician gone fortuneteller.
Why the latter? Because it’s interesting. Because it’s fascinating to look at what we call ordinary mind, and then contrast that with what we call the nature of the mind, the actual reality of our imagination and what it holds for us. Because it’s a way of living life poetically and magically.
I have authored several books in the disciplines of cultural text studies and critical theory. The most recent books are in creative criticism and cultural anthropology on practices of divination, storytelling, and the poetics of visual texts.
I have also authored two collections of prose poems, mostly dealing with domestic life and what they call in math, complex analysis: Eight Senses Plus Two and The Logician. Love is a topic here, that some readers have greatly appreciated, but it’s the kind that goes beyond all dualism, insisting as it does by virtue of this focus on detachment and non-possession.
I also blog about cards and magic at the sister site Taroflexions.