Anorak, a definition

Blogs are for anoraks who couldn’t get published any other way.

Janet Street-Porter


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My favorite cartoon about blogging comes (perhaps from the New Yorker?). A teen girl and her mother are arguing, and the daughter tells the mother something to the effect of “I just don’t get diaries. What’s the point of writing about your life if no one can read it?”

A current writer whose thought-provoking work I admire is Janet Street-Porter, former editor at The Independent.

In British slang an anorak is a person who has a very strong, perhaps obsessive, interest – that might not be understood by many – in an esoteric topic or subject.  Its sense of conveying dorkiness, strangeness, or nerdy weirdness came about because trainspotters often wore anoraks when outdoors for long periods of time as they captured information about passing trains.

Brian Eno, Deep Blue Day

From the Trainspotting soundtrack.

Photo of The Lady In The Water by Toni Frissell


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