An American Looks At the Abyss

An American Looks At the Abyss

Posted by on Νοέ 4, 2016 in Blogposts, Latest News, Opinions | No Comments

The announcement by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that it will continue to look into the activities of the Clinton Foundation makes it now likely that the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton will face a criminal indictment.  The F.B.I’s decision was brought about by wide opposition among rank and file agents to the intervention of the […]

James Comey – Victim or Protagonist

James Comey – Victim or Protagonist

Posted by on Οκτ 31, 2016 in Blogposts, Opinions | No Comments

On a weekend in late October in 1973, then President Richard Nixon fired the Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, who had been demanding that he hand over tapes of White House conversations. The Attorney General Eliot Richardson resigned in protest, and the crisis which became known as the Saturday Night Massacre, set the stage for […]

Bob Dylan Brief Chronicler of the Time

Bob Dylan Brief Chronicler of the Time

Posted by on Οκτ 24, 2016 in Blogposts, Latest News, Opinions | No Comments

The Swedish Academy’s award of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature to Bob Dylan has sparked a controversy that is perfectly in keeping with the bard’s career. Bob Dylan, aka Bob Zimmerman, came from Minnesota and began writing and performing songs in the bars and cafés of Greenwich Village in the early 1960’s. Having access […]

Waiting For the Barbarian…

Waiting For the Barbarian…

Posted by on Οκτ 14, 2016 in Blogposts, Opinions | No Comments

…after the poem by C.P. Cavafy, translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. What are we waiting for, glued to the television? The barbarian may be on today. Why isn’t anything happening in the congress? Why do the senators and congresspeople pass no laws? Because we’re having an election, and a barbarian could win. Isn’t […]

Ο νονός μου κι εγώ

Ο νονός μου κι εγώ

Posted by on Σεπ 29, 2016 in Blogposts, Books | No Comments

Απόσπασμα απο το νέο βιβλίου του Ηλία Κουλουκουντή «Απρόσιτες Ακτές – Η ζωή μου σε μια Ελληνική Εφοπλιστική Οικογένεια» Μέρος πρώτο – Παιδικά Χρόνια, Κεφάλαιο 4 […] Και ετσι, η μητέρα μου εγκατέλειψε τον ήλιο και τη θάλασσα, το περιβόλι με τις πορτοκαλιες και τις λεμονιές που έριχναν την προστατευτική τους σκιά πάνω στα παιδικά […]

Aphrodite of Kasos

Aphrodite of Kasos

Posted by on Σεπ 7, 2016 in Blogposts, Books | No Comments

An excerpt from the new e-book «The Feasts of Memory» in view of the upcoming book «Bold Coasts» that will be published in Greek in the spring of 2017. The ship set out at dawn. Beyond the eastern tip of Crete, we crossed the straits the sailing ships had crossed with cargoes bound for Egypt. […]

Elias the Greek

Elias the Greek

Posted by on Αυγ 4, 2016 in Blogposts, Books | No Comments

Excerpt from Elias Kulukundis’ upcoming book «Bold Coasts»  […] I have been eternally irritated by the romantic concepts of Greece that were prevalent in the 1960’s, the assumption of the non-Greek public that Greece and Greekness were a continual celebration of freedom and spontaneity, and all Greeks were an incarnation of Kazantzakis’s hero Alexis Zorba. […]

Will Donald Trump  be the first Iranian president of the United States?

Will Donald Trump be the first Iranian president of the United States?

Posted by on Ιούλ 13, 2016 in Blogposts, Opinions | No Comments

Is Donald Trump trying to be the first Iranian president of the United States? Remember president Ahmedinajhad of Iran? He used to say, “We will drive Israel into the sea”. His own people as well as seasoned middle-east watchers knew he didn’t mean it. He didn’t mean he would drive Israel into the sea. Clearly, that […]

The feast of Kleithonas

The feast of Kleithonas

Posted by on Ιούν 24, 2016 in Blogposts, Books | No Comments

On the 24th of June, Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist and on the eve of this feast the custom of “Klidonas”/”Kleithonas” still takes place. Since ancient times various customs related to summer solstice were passed in the Christian world and linked to the Nativity of John the Baptist. These […]

Isaiah’s Dance

Isaiah’s Dance

Posted by on Ιούν 8, 2016 in Blogposts, Books | No Comments

Excerpt from Elias Kulukundis new book «Bold Coasts» – Chapter 42: Labor Day […] Since we are giving a lunch in honour of ourselves after the wedding on Saturday,” Lucy wrote her parents, “we decided we had better do it in style. Right now the house is crawling with people, some cleaning windows, some incidentally […]

Easter Week and the country downstairs

Easter Week and the country downstairs

Posted by on Απρ 29, 2016 in Blogposts, Unpublished Stories | No Comments

The Feasts of Memory was my first book, and when I was writing it, I was still living in the world of either/or, one world or the other. I had stayed out of the shipping business, and I spent the day at home in my one bedroom apartment by the United Nations in New York. […]

«Bold Coasts» – The new book by Elias Kulukundis

«Bold Coasts» – The new book by Elias Kulukundis

Posted by on Απρ 12, 2016 in Blogposts, Books | One Comment

Elias Kulukundis started a cycle of memoirs when he was twenty-seven, taking Isaac Singer’s advice to young writers to write something that only they could write. Though his books take his own life as a point of departure, they incorporate Greek historical events of the 20th century including the unification of the Dodecanese Islands with […]