....."The time has come," the Walrus said
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax..
Of cabbages and kings..
And why the sea is boiling hot..
And whether pigs have wings."
-The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll-
Look at those long thin hands. You can just imagine shaking hands with this weird creepy little man can't you? His real name was Richard Engländer, he was writer born in Vienna in 1859, Peter Altenberg was his pseudonym. Apparently he was described as being a true Bohemian and was know for his eccentric wild way of dressing and his outrageous opinions. He was inspired by the prose poems of Baudelaire and also by postcards because they necessitated a condensed style of writing. Speaking of his prose-pearls he said, "They're extracts! Extracts from life!" His own life was fractured by more than one internment in the local asylum and his writing was an amalgam of fiction and fact. He had his letters delivered to Cafe Central his favourite coffee-house in Vienna where he used to like to write, and where there is now a statue of him permanently seated at a table near the entrance. Apparently he wrote the phrase, "Are we not all only Karikatures from the truly and ideal wishes, which God and nature made with our souls and our bodies." (with the spellings and punctuation as original) in English beneath Jagerspacher's portrait of him.
He would most definitely have been delighted with the invention of blogs. I feel a certain sympathy with him, if only for the fact that sometimes he wrote his short prose-pearls whilst propped up in bed and like me his writings were liberally peppered with wild fireworks of exclamation marks!!