Tho years ago, when I was first discovering the blogosphere, I came upon a blog called The Vernacular Body, written by someone signing himself "elck." It quickly became the first blog I turned to when I went on the Internet. The author, who lived in New York, but was originally from Nigeria (he sometimes included greetings in Yoruba), was wise, enlightening, and entertaining (though he didn't appreciate being called entertaining). On April 1, 2005, he changed the name of his blog from The Vernacular Body to Abdul-Walid of Acerbia, and had a hilarious post introducing himself, with a tag line of something like, "My name is Abdul-Walid of Acerbia. Perhaps you have heard of it."
There was a beautiful post about his trip to India with his fiancee, who came (I believe) from Goa. But then, in July, he stopped blogging. I couldn't blame him; he was not only newly married, but working on a dissertation.
I've thought about "Abdul-Walid" many times since he shut down his blog. Recently I did a Google search under both Abdul-Walid of Acerbia and the Vernacular Body. Check out the appreciation on Via Negativa. But the most bizarre thing is that his blog address is still around:
http://vernacularbody.typepad.com/. I've read that blog addreeses can be bought and sold. But why someone selling science kits for children would want to have the address of a literary blog is beyond my comprehension. It would be wonderful if this site is just being held until Abdul-Walid returns to Acerbia. I'm not holding my breath.