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As Zaphod Beeblebrox’s brain-care specialist Gag Halfrunt said of him, I am “just zis guy, you know?”

As mentioned in my first post, I have wanted to blog for a while now, but earlier attempts failed, because, I guess, I don’t usually like to disclose my thoughts and emotions to people (something the psychologist Viktor E. Frankl called “an intense dislike of exhibitionism” in the introduction to Man’s Search for Meaning, a book which he seriously considered publishing anonymously) and I certainly didn’t want to waste time in writing a wishy-washy blog where I just skimmed the surface of my feelings and opinions, because I didn’t want people to know what I actually think.

That’s that about the anonymity part. Now to lighter things.

First off, the elephant in the room: the name of the blog. As a google search will tell you, being interrupted in mid-thought by “a person from Porlock” was the excuse used by Samuel Taylor Coleridge for leaving his poem “Kubla Khan” incomplete. While many modern experts doubt this statement and think that Coleridge “just got stuck” and didn’t want to admit it, the phrase has gained coinage in literary circles to denote “an unwanted interruption”. The Wiki page has a lot of interesting tidbits on the subject for anyone interested. I quite liked the term when I first read about it, as it has in it a unique mix of literary-ness, anonymity, a questioning of the source of “the creative fire”, the issues of focus and distraction, and a whole lot of other things, all of which have a bearing on the nature of this particular blog.

Offline, I am an MBA currently putting in long hours at my first job. I love books, movies, music and all the usual (and unusual) things that interest people. Add to that my constant itch for newness and variety, and you can see why I claim to have a hard time focussing on one particular thing. Such as this particular page.

PS: The blog header is a portion of the excellent Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (also known as Wanderer above the Mist) by Caspar David Friedrich. It is truly awe-inspiring and is one of the best depictions of a self-reflective mood that I have come across. The “Wanderer” part also goes well with the “Person from Porlock” theme. According to the Wiki page, Gaddis (2004) felt that the impression the wanderer’s position atop the precipice and before the twisted outlook “is contradictory, suggesting at once mastery over a landscape and the insignificance of the individual within it.” Touche.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2014 1:36 pm

    Wow. Impressive. I’m going to have to read through your blog certainly, after reading this.


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