Mr Eugenides is Scottish, despite the choice of pseudonym, but with longstanding links to Greece. There is no pressing reason for anonymity; he is not important or interesting in his own right. Born in Glasgow, he now lives in Edinburgh, which is a kind of death for any true Glaswegian, and this no doubt contributes to his simmering rage, which he vents at Mr Eugenides in occasionally rather Anglo-Saxon prose. And no, the angry baby is not actually him.
Why do you blog? > I suppose it comes down to the oldest fallacy of all: the erroneous belief that people are interested in my opinion. And I just enjoy the catharsis of a good rant.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Don't 'write to' a specific audience; be yourself, even if others find it childish and distasteful (as they do me). Otherwise what, frankly, is the point?
What are your favourite blogs? > Tim Worstall, because he gives me the analytical tools to reinforce my prejudices; Chicken Yoghurt, because you don't have to share someone else's prejudices to appreciate superb, coruscating writing; and The Devil's Kitchen, whose use of the saltier reaches of our language has, at times, an almost baroque beauty.
Who are your intellectual heroes? > As long as you have absolutely no follow-up questions of any kind, H.L.A. Hart, Joseph Raz and, increasingly, Friedrich Hayek. And P.J. O'Rourke.
What are you reading at the moment? > Nick Cohen's What's Left?, Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion, and then finishing Stalingrad by Antony Beevor, as I'd left it at my Mum's house when I last visited.
Who are your cultural heroes? > So many... James Ellroy, Isaac Asimov and Haruki Murakami; Larry David, John Cleese and the writers behind the golden age of the Simpsons; Tito Gobbi and Maria Callas; James Bond and George Smiley; Martin Scorsese, Sergio Leone and Woody Allen; and the incomparable Stanley Kubrick.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > The Secret History, by Donna Tartt.
What is your favourite poem? > 'The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock' by T.S. Eliot.
What is your favourite movie? > This question I can't possibly narrow down to just one, so let's try Lawrence of Arabia, From Russia With Love, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Next week, it'll be three different ones.
What is your favourite song? > Van Morrison's 'Have I Told You Lately That I Love You'. For two or three minutes, I turn into a simpering, dewy-eyed romantic. It's a gruesome sight.
Who is your favourite composer? > Our old friend, Ludwig Van.
Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you've ever changed your mind? > Civil liberties. As a horrendous young Tory Boy during the 80s I didn't really care about them (except in obvious cases like South Africa). It'll have many readers roaring with laughter, but I had a basic faith in the benevolence of the government; people who banged on about civil liberties were, I felt, just being unhelpful and obstructive. Boy, was I wrong about that.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to disseminate? > That our political masters are, in fact, our servants.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to combat? > That any authority, temporal or spiritual, has the right to circumscribe my private behaviour. For such a simple, almost truistic idea, you'd be surprised how many people don't seem to get it.
Can you name a work of non-fiction which has had a major and lasting influence on how you think about the world? > I'll resist the temptation to be pretentious, and say Carl Sagan's Cosmic Connection - a popular science book published in the 70s. I don't know how it's aged, but as a young kid fascinated by science, I was absolutely hooked by Sagan's book - a heady mix of musings on time travel, extraterrestrial life, space exploration, terraforming the solar system, stuff like that. I'm the world's biggest cynic, but I think, and hope, that Sagan taught me never to close my mind to anything.
What is your favourite piece of political wisdom? > 'Government is like a baby; an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.' (Ronald Reagan)
If you could effect one major policy change in the governing of your country, what would it be? > I’m going to suggest a minor policy change; require all government expenditure over a certain figure (say, £10,000) to be published on a website for anyone to peruse. There's a Bill to that effect going through Parliament at the moment, which the Government are naturally going to squash, on the grounds - and you'll like this - that it would cost too much.
What would you do with the UN? > I'd specify minimum entry criteria; if you hang homosexuals, perform chemical experiments on dissidents, or attempt to wipe out chunks of your citizenry based on their religion or ethnic background, you'd be out. How this organization retains the confidence of so many people is an utter mystery to me.
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > In the short to medium term, the clash between liberal democracy on the one hand, which preaches individual autonomy and self-realization, and religious absolutism on the other - principally, but by no means exclusively, at the fringes of contemporary Islam - which is by definition incompatible with the former. In the long term... I don't have a crystal ball.
Do you think the world (human civilization) has already passed its best point, or is that yet to come? > Despite all the horrors of the last century, the world is a better, fairer and more prosperous place than in 1907. Notwithstanding my answer to the previous question, I hope and expect that the trend will continue.
Do you think you could ever be married to, or in a long-term relationship with, someone with radically different political views from your own? > If Angelina Jolie handcuffed me to a bed and started listing the merits of a national ID database, I would listen. I'm a fundamentally fair-minded person.
What is your favourite proverb? > 'Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.'
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Having babies.
What would you call your autobiography? > A Magical Mr E. Tour. (Sorry.)
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > A nice, roomy villa on a quiet Greek island. Life there moves a couple of beats slower than it does in dear old Britain, and that's the way I like it.
What would your ideal holiday be? > Spending a few months travelling round the world with someone I love. I'm only about £15,000 (and a lover) short at the moment. Offers to the usual address.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > Cooking, watching films, reading and, I freely confess, drinking.
Who are your sporting heroes? > John McEnroe, Mohammed Ali, Seve Ballesteros and, er, Ally McCoist.
How, if at all, would you change your life were you suddenly to win or inherit an enormously large sum of money? > I'd buy a private island in international waters, construct a giant arena inside a hollowed-out volcano, and make Patricia Hewitt and Polly Toynbee fight to the death with rusty tridents and rolled-up copies of The Guardian. This is not a joke.
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