Hello, I’m New Here. Let Me Introduce Myself.
Hello, I’m Kirk Hausmann Larsen.
You might be asking yourself:
- “New student blogger? I didn’t know there was an old student blogger!”
- “What’s all this, then?”
- “Even more? More than what?!”
- “Why did he include his middle name? The pomp!”
- “A numbered list? Does he think I have all the time in the world?”
- “Is he using the second person? What about: One may be asking him/herself?“
- “Is that him in the photo?”
First, an introductory list:
- I am a senior in the English & Creative Writing program
- I am the eldest of three children (I have two younger brothers)
- I am a writer/editor of The Colonialist, GWEnglish’s favorite blog
- I live in a Scholar’s Village Townhouse (The Comedy House)
- I am getting the feeling this list isn’t doing much introducing
Now, you had some questions & I have some answers:
1. Yes, I am the new student blogger. I am the first student blogger, if you don’t count Rajiv. It’s an absurdity not to count Rajiv, so I’m the second student blogger. Then again, Rajiv’s position as Undergraduate Communications Liaison – what a beautiful-looking word, liaison – puts him in a middle space: it’s unclear where exactly he fits. I’ll try again:
1. Yes, I am the new student blogger. There wasn’t an old student blogger, there was merely an unused nook wherein a student blogger might find some space and comfort. Now, the nook is full. Rajiv Menon is another undergraduate who has already posted a bit – and will continue to do so – on this page right here. Rajiv also posts on the blog Hadji is Dead, which concerns itself with all aspects of South Asian Diaspora culture – very interesting stuff.
2. This is my introduction! Who let the police in?
3. Well, more than merely giving my name and leaving the post at that. I realize it was a bit early for something like “even more,” but what if it were secreted away and kept safe for the perfect time and never made it into the post at all? That’d be decidedly less, no?
4. I didn’t mean it pomp-fully, but there’re two Kirk Larsens at The GWU. I’m not Kirk Wayne Larsen, the professor of East Asian Studies; I’m Kirk Hausmann Larsen, the student of English & Creative Writing. It was intended to make things less confusing, but it’s become more confusing.
5. No, I don’t think anyone has “all the time in the world.” That phrase doesn’t even make sense, “all the time in the world.”
6. This is a blog, calm down. The second person makes sense: I’m trying to make things familiar between us because I’ll be posting frequently and I don’t want there to be any tension.
7. Yes, that’s me in the photo. I’m playing with Peter, he’s a maltese. The photo was taken last Spring Break.
The preliminaries over with, I’m at the point where I should tell you what my blog posts will be like…yes? Well, I don’t know what my posts will be like yet. I haven’t decided.
I’d be more than happy to answer questions asked via e-mail. My email address is kirk(at)gwmail(dot)gwu(dot)edu (I didn’t make it a link for fear of roving spambots).
If y’all don’t have any questions, that’s fine, too. We shall make do, regardless!
Hello, I’m Kirk.
I’m glad to be here.