By Gilbert Sorrentino
Borrowing its name from a William Carlos Williams poem, A unusual Commonplace lays naked the secrets and techniques and goals of characters whose lives are intertwined through twist of fate and necessity, possessions and experience.
Ensnared in a jungle of urban streets and suburban bed room groups from the boozy Nineteen Fifties to the culturally vacuous current, strains blur among households and pals, violence and love, wish and depression. As fathers attempt to hook up with their youngsters, as writers fight for credibility, as better halves stroll out, and an previous guy performs Russian roulette with a deck of playing cards, their tales resonate with poignancy and savage humor—familiar, tragic, and cathartic.
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But, in general, they do not interact at the level of being reciprocal conversational partners with the audience. Analyzing Interpreted Encounters 45 Interpreters in this interaction must also focus on transmitting the content of the talk. Because of this, their role is generally viewed as passive in the same sense as the role of the audience is seen as passive. In fact, their role is more active than has been described in most accounts. Interpreters and those who study their work tend to focus on the transfer of the message contained in the words and sentences.
When the interpreter's role performance is investigated as interaction [italics hers], however, when the interpreter is studied in relation to a relevant audience or role others (Goffman), it becomes self-evident that the dialogue interpreter must be conceived of as both relayer and co-ordinator (1992: 266). She also provides examples of utterances directed at the interpreter and from the interpreter which are not about the content of the relayed message. Thus, the progression of talk is both a co-ordinated activity among the participants, and a responsibility of the interpreter.
However, these situations are clearly different and not as common as interpreted situations in which a European-American is talking to a Hispanic-American of immigrant or alien status. For these reasons, the goals of conversation are multiple and individual to each participant. The purpose of a meeting as perceived by one participant may be vastly different from the purpose perceived by another participant. One participant may have come to a meeting to complain, and the other may have come to avoid accepting responsibility for a problem.
A Strange Commonplace by Gilbert Sorrentino