I like to say I was born in Brooklyn, raised in Long Island, and started growing up in South Korea–in my late twenties.
I make maxims, poems, essays, drawings, photographs, and on occasion–voices.
I have taught English as a Second Language for eighteen years, have worked as a voice actor and an industrial & educational actor, have done stand-up comedy and poetry, and am a love counselor and activist. I have a petition on http://moveon.org to ban private campaign finance and restore democracy to America.
I began doing voice acting while teaching in South Korea. As a teacher, I lent my knowledge of English grammar, pronunciation, and style to the task of proof-reading and editing the scripts I read as a voice actor and narrator for such clients as CJ E&M Entertainment, The Korea National Broadcasting Federation’s Arirang TV, Android, Hyundai, Samsung, Human, and others. I am also a comic and a mimic. I reproduce voices and personalities, as well as accents. In my comedy I like to impersonate Christopher Walkin, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, George Carlin, and others.
I believe English language teaching is a means to peace and environmental resurrection. This is because, as a younger man I enjoyed reading the essays of Dr. Einstein and in one of them, I learned that Einstein mourned the loss of Latin as the lingua franca. This is because Latin — as the language of the educated — was a means for people of peace and erudition to communicate and better the human condition.
I believe English is now the lingua franca, because billions are learning it the world over. Having a language all people can speak means we can negotiate issues and understand one another. I believe this is very important — not only in maritime, aerospace, and scientific endeavors — but also in medicine, politics, human rights and in the very real dangers posed by climate change… and with Near Earth Objects.
Of course English is also essential in helping people of different cultures communicate for the benefit of international commerce and the arts. The latter of which touch our hearts and inspire our minds–guiding us to the essence of things.
About How I Teach
I have an original method for teaching people of other languages and cultures how to easily remember English words and phrases, and I use my skills in drawing, gesticulation, dance, acting, voice, and comedy to make it interesting. For more on my teaching, see the Teacher page.
I write about philosophy, society, culture, politics, ethics, the environment, and space exploration, with the last subject being of great interest to me since I was a boy. I had wanted to become an astronaut — but the arts pulled me in another direction after I realized that proclivities resulting from an unknown ailment at the time kept me quite distracted (I appear to be — and have been at times diagnosed — moderately hypoglycemic, which had deleterious affects on my cognition, memory, concentration, and calm until I was diagnosed and learned how to care for this health issue to and manage it).
The reason I speak and read about all the other issues mentioned here is I believe our voice and compassion are what set us free — if we express ourselves firmly, compassionately, and articulately.
I read my poetry at poetry readings in New York, Colorado, Seoul, and (to himself) in Japan. That’s last part is a joke. Many of my poems available on the internet are about love and politics. Politics is a subject of compulsion and obligation, not intrinsic love, for me.
Many people say they don’t like politics, and this is understandable, but politics is the set of conditions in society–traditions, behaviors, and laws–affecting people. I feel that to be mum on politics is to surrender our freedom to the inertia of society–which is often thoughtless.
I am writing a book about love, because I am immensely passionate and believe love is the single-most important skill human beings must learn in order to foster good mental, societal, and relationship-health. You can learn more about my ideas on love at My Advice Page, also linked in the menu at the top of the page.
For a teaser, just consider that I think love has to have rules–or conditions or ingredients, and one of them is that we must be free in order to love. Another rule is we have to allow love to be completely non-logical in origin….
Go to my site to learn more. I am happy to say that it seems many people are satisfied with the advice I give on love.
I have been drawing pictures (and writing and entertaining people) since I was a boy. (I draw with my right hand. The picture, here, is a reversed image.)
I began drawing astronauts and spaceships and moved on to people in their more natural forms–especially when I became a teenager and young adult in my twenties.
I went first to a community college on Long Island, where I tried my hand in studies of the sciences and liberal arts. Later I went to an art college in Manhattan, New York City.
A Little More About Me
I had planned to become a political illustrator while at the School of Visual Arts–moved by my personal disillusionment at the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger crew, the wars in Vietnam and Latin America, and the Iran Contra Affair.
I learned of that first shuttle disaster in a catalyzing event that began my awareness, one day, on my journey home from college classes. I had stopped at the Hempstead bus terminal to change vehicles. Stepping in front of a news and candy kiosk, I asked its vendor about the strange clouds on the little TV screen in the man’s stall; it was a replay of the Space Shuttle exploding over Florida. Almost more disturbing than this news was the fact that the proprietor was smiling when he said, “It is the space shuttle; it exploded.” In addition to the birth of my political awareness and the shattering of my fantasies about NASA and America, this–because of the man’s apparently incongruous reaction–was my first brush with culture shock, something that would become a moment-to-moment occurrence when I would live in South Korea, beginning nine years later.
I learned of the Iran-Contra scandal when I was a draftsperson in a telecom company. The radio was always on in the engineering department, and I had heard the Iran-Contra hearings each day. This prompted my beginning a study of American involvement in Latin America and Iran. I went on to reading about the American War,” as the Vietnamese called what we did in their country, American involvement in Korea, and before I knew it, America in Panama and then Iraq. All of this influenced my pictures.
I personally studied American covert action and foreign policy, became an Urgent Action letter writer for Amnesty International, and lived through the Reagan-Bush years. All this taught me that democracy, public health, peace, human rights and sensible public policy are what citizens have to be vigilant about.
Whose Art Do I Like?
Aside from poetry, love, and politics, I am very interested in painting, drawing, and prints, as well as in photography. In fact, though I divide my time among many disciplines, I say I could probably do photography all day with no feeling of the passage of time.
My biggest American art influences are Brad Holland, Marshall Arisman, Malcolm Lepke, Marvin Mattleson, Jackson Pollack, and Ansel Adams.
European influences include Van Gogh, Monet, Klimpt, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Durer.
The sole source of my interest in Japan — and a great influence in my drawing, are the Japanese woodblock masters Hiroshige, Hokusai, and Yoshitoshi.
Being Somewhat Multi-lingual
I taught myself very basic Korean, Han-geul, Hiragana, Katakana, and basic Japanese, so I could one day learn how to make Japanese prints in Japan (I am now — at this writing — learning Kanji). I would also like to write original Haiku in the native tongue, some day.
I Like Asia
Asia is special to me because of its aesthetics, gentility, honor, adaptability, and the Eastern philosophies that were perfected there (though I know humankind could not have progressed to where it is without the Greek philosophers, the French enlightenment and the independence movements of France, Great Britain, and the United States).
Contact me. I love life, humanity, and the exchange of ideas. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call me at 1 + (516) 655 – 2478, in the US.
Thank you for reading and for your interest and patience.
(Carl Atteniese Jr.)