The Doorman

I am obsessed with doors. I have walked for miles upon many miles and spent years upon years- staring at nothing but doors. The way doors are crafted and the permission that they grant the viewer to imagine what may lay behind, give me an animated sense of being alive. I love the way doors swing and hang. When I am watching a door swing or sway upon its hinges it is as if I am watching a beautiful women seductively pull back articles of clothing that slightly reveal glimpses of forbidden flesh. A potential is revealed and then hidden.

I am a man who is drawn to doors like sailors can be drawn to sea. I am in love with the concept of a door. The way doors separate realities and tempt the mind into a certain curiosity. Doors alter moods, depending upon whether they are opened or closed. They hold the key to the riddle of the universe- all we have to do to is walk on through to the other side.

My obsession with doors grew out of a brief relationship with a woman whose father was a door maker. He specialized in making doors from Southern Spain. The doors had a Moorish quality to them and were always carved with seven sided stars and Arabic writings. The doors were large enough to allow elephants to walk into or out of a room. Aliza’s father was also a man obsessed with doors and after he was long asleep (his wife and he slept on a mattress which was set upon two 18th century doors that he brought back from Barcelona) we would sneak into his door studio and make love on the various kinds of metal door carving equipment. I remember the cold of the equipment against my bare butt as I lifted her upon my legs and made love to her in the dark. Aliza taught me all that she new about doors. We would spend days doing nothing but walking around the tree lined neighborhood in which she lived examining the various kinds of doors that separated families, friends and strangers from “experiences, perceptions and realities.” When Aliza left me for another woman the last words she said to me upon slamming a door in my face was “my doors are shut.”

I managed to steal an antiquated book about doors from Aliza’s father before leaving the door studio for the final time. My heart was in pieces and I had tears in my eyes as I ran off with the book under my jacket. I read the book at least a dozen times and got over my broken heart by traveling around America on a bike and examining, studying and documenting various forms of doors. I took photographs and documented over 10,000 doors in sixteen journals that I tugged around with me in a heavy suitcase. I stayed in Philadelphia for months amazed by the various kinds of colonial doors that seemed to exist in excess. I worked in a strip club during the evenings and documented doors during the day. In one form or another I have been doing this same thing for the past fifteen years. I have over two hundred door documentation journals. I hope that one day not to soon my obituary mentions that I am one of the most important Doormen of my generation.

A Doorman is not the standard and accepted definition of a man who opens doors for you. Rather the term Doorman goes back at least 2100 years to antiquity where a minor Greek Historian by the name of Herodumus wrote the first collection of writings on the theme of doors. He defined a Doorman as the connoisseur of the study of doors whose fascination with the transcendental architecture of doors burn like a fever in his soul. He spoke of the Doorman as one who searches with unrelenting fervor to find the secret or “alternate reality” that can only be revealed by passing through a door. This is the alternate reality that Aldous Huxley wrote about in The Doors Of Perception– another book that has deeply inspired my search. Huxley spoke of doors as a living form of matter that have the absolute power of separating and joining one reality to another. It was Jim Morrison who was the twentieth century’s greatest devotees of Herodumus’s manifesto of the Doorman. He took Huxley’s challenge to break on through and started a band that was dedicated to investigating the mystical apparatus that we refer to as a door. Morrison made doors spiritual and sexual. The textures and structure of doors became more detailed in American society (1969) after The Doors became on of Americas greatest rock bands. It is to Jim Morrison that I will dedicate the great twenty first century book that I plan to write about doors. It will be called The Doors.

For now I am swamped with perpetual thoughts of doors. I see them when I sleep and I am always trying to find ways that I can sneak behind them. No matter if it is a Cabbala door, a Mulligan door, a Moorish door, a Rotunda door, a Franklin Colonial door or a simple 4 by 4 American Suburban door- I am always wanting to break on through to the other side. I am like a Scientist who wants to prove the existence of God by finding the one door that reveals all of his/her or its equations. Like the Door maker whose daughter I long ago copulated with- I am convinced that all the riddles that confuse and confound the human species can be immediately unlocked by the transcendental power of a door.

7 thoughts on “The Doorman

  1. Fantastic! That is so cool, doors doors through it like a shamanistic beat under the prose, now you are rocking, cool idea, make a door step through it,

  2. I live behind a 100 year old door. It´s not pretty or elegant, it´s not pretentious or ornate, but everyone that walks past it always notices it. It´s got character, charm, and warmth… and those who walk through it are always delighted!!…usually.

  3. My first thoughts upon reading the beginning of your story was that this was sheer strang-ness. Simply oddity and nothing else. However as i read further into it i began to see how closely tied in with everything else, and how closely people can actually relate to it. Despite being something normal this door fascination is something that a lot of people experience except not necessarily with doors. It’s usually things like Sports, or Cars, ect. I like it, it’s weird except at the same time…there isn’t really anything out of the ordinary about it, except for the fact that he is studying doors. what inspired you to write such a thing??

    –an interested reader.

  4. Loved it, loved it, Randall………I am a huge fan of doors too, take many photos of them, for the beautiful articulations but also for their symbolism which you caught very well (and the Doors are my favourite band, they were sheer Dionysian wildness). Great post, clapping hands.

  5. Thank you for all the inspirational comments. When I wrote this particular piece late last night (I was up with a fever and chest pains) I thought that readers may find my fascination for doors bordering upon the psychotic. I confessed a few things that I have never admitted (stealing the door makers book) and I also learned about my own need for transcendence from the reality I often find myself stuck within. Doors are always revealing this potential for escape to me- but I seldom break through to the other side. Those of you who share a similar fascination will understand what I am trying to say. Now I am off to take a much anticipated nap.

  6. beautiful! thank you!

    it immediately made me think of a fascinating philosophers cafe event i went to two years ago, about the concept of thresholds. i wrote a little bit about it here.

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