Who is/was/are Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache? What are their quotes?
June 7, 2016 7:14 PM   Subscribe

On goodreads, there is a page dedicated to fifteen looong quotes from a writer ostensibly named “Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache”. This writer exists nowhere else on the Internet. They are a complete mystery. It seems likely that VKMI is a pseudonym for some other writer, a bundle of misattributed content, or a deliberate puzzle. If anyone can help solve this mystery, whether by identifying the authors or sourcing the quotes, I’d be grateful. Thanks!

For a bit of special snowflake context, I got interested in this when a friend was very inspired by one of these quotes. An inspiration quote without a verifiable source is an infuriating thing.
posted by Going To Maine to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The author page flat-out says that they haven't written any books. My money's on "Goodreads member who's trying to promote themselves".
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:17 PM on June 7, 2016 [4 favorites]

There is also a Goodreads Member with the (rather distinctive) name of Virgil Iordache who is following this writer. Make of that what you will.
posted by mhum at 10:01 PM on June 7, 2016 [1 favorite]

Kalyana Mittata refers to this Buddhist concept (so is not part of the author's actual name).

If you correct the spelling in the Goodreads name, you'll get somewhere.

I won't link directly to preserve the semi-anonymity the author seems to desire (though you can find publications by them under their own name in a different language).
posted by miorita at 5:43 AM on June 8, 2016

Oh, and mhum is right.
posted by miorita at 5:46 AM on June 8, 2016

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