George Gurdjieff (1866-1949) My penfriend, Scott Locklin
Dubiously-inspired spiritual psychopath http://scottlocklin.wordpress.com/
Note: I have modified the spelling of "Gurdjieff" in the original post - I had been using the name as given me by a fifth-degree Siberian Squirrel Shaman; which I received during a particularly arduous and torturous spiritual journey - but it turns out he was an erratic speller...
Perhaps significantly - or perhaps not - the most popular Google prompt for Scott Locklin is "is an idiot".
I checked out my own primary Google prompt - for a long time it was "sacked"
but today it seems to be "Mormon" - which is flattering for me; but must surely be irritating to real, baptised, active LDS members.
And now, thanks to you, a picture of Gurdjieff is now on the first page of Google Image Search results for "Scott Locklin."
@Wm - Yes, a damning indictment of the inability of computers to detect humour - perhaps especially not of this whimsical English variety.
Clearly this post was not adequately 'labelled' as a joke - to clarify, I read and comment at Scott's blog and we fairly often exchange e-mails. He is sufficiently robust and ironic to enjoy this sort of pointless nonsense.
The rollicking prose at Takimag keeps me going back for more. Just as I keep coming back here for something.
Prose stylists who get sacked from other publications seem to congregate there.
Takimag is probably a good example of "dynamic sorting of readers" by their ability to tolerate offensive ideas and/or presentation.
Locklin really sparkles at his best--as do many of the Taki contributors (Takiteers?).
The old Private Eye trick of switching the names...("Are they by any chance related?")
I always assumed that picture that accompanied Locklin's articles in Takimag was an old photo he dragged out of somewhere, but apparently it is himself.
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