porlock

Sometime between October 9 and 14, 1797, Coleridge wrote the poem “Kubla Khan” but was interrupted before he finished it by “a person on business from Porlock.” So instead of America’s Columbus Day, the second Monday in October should really be Porlock Day. I propose we spend this day celebrating, not adventure, conquest, and exploitation, but distraction, daydreaming, interruption, and the unfinished work. Let us on this day honor the Person from Porlock, in whose name we procrastinate.