Post Mortem and a Suggestion

Post Mortem and a Suggestion

Posted by on Νοέ 22, 2016 in Blogposts, Latest News, Opinions | No Comments

I started the election cycle as an independent who normally votes for Democratic candidates for president. Like many of my stripe, I espoused the cause of Bernie Sanders, and week after week I responded to his call on the internet, “So, Elias, I have to ask…” by sending him $27 which was what he asked […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Anniversary of the Bard

The Anniversary of the Bard

Posted by on Φεβ 19, 2016 in Blogposts, Latest News, Writing | No Comments

In this year of the four hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, imagine if we all talked to each other in Shakespearean verse?  A few years ago I received a telephone call from the Roundabout Theater in New York, soliciting a donation, as I was having dinner.  I professed to be shocked. I wrote:   To the […]

The penguin colony of South Georgia – A trip to the Antarctica

The penguin colony of South Georgia – A trip to the Antarctica

Posted by on Φεβ 9, 2016 in Blogposts, Latest News | No Comments

This week I saw on the BBC that a British team is visiting Antarctica to study the effects of global warming on penguins. I went to Antarctica last autumn.  Our first stop was scheduled to be the Falkland Islands, and as our ship, the Norwegian m/v Fram, departed from Buenos Aires harbor, I thought the […]

Ernest Hemingway and a visit to the Morgan Library

Ernest Hemingway and a visit to the Morgan Library

Posted by on Ιαν 18, 2016 in Blogposts, Latest News | No Comments

Visiting «Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars»— an exhibition of manuscripts, photographs, annotations, and assorted Hemingway memorabilia at the Morgan Library & Museum (through January 31, 2016,) I was reminded of why I am generally wary of reading about writers—at least some writers. When I first read Hemingway’s writing, I was an aspiring writer, looking for a […]

The George Bennett Fellow 2015-2016

The George Bennett Fellow 2015-2016

Posted by on Οκτ 30, 2015 in Latest News | No Comments

The Phillips Exeter Academy recently announced that the 2015-2016 George Bennett Fellow will be Peter Anderson. Peter Anderson is a former backcountry ranger, river guide, small town newspaper reporter, editor/publisher of Pilgrimage Magazine, and poetry editor for theMountain Gazette. He teaches writing at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. Recently, Peter co-edited Going Down Grand: Poems […]

We all live in a Yellow Cadillac, Yellow Cadillac, Yellow Cadillac

We all live in a Yellow Cadillac, Yellow Cadillac, Yellow Cadillac

Posted by on Ιούλ 30, 2015 in Blogposts, Latest News, Writing | No Comments

First Passage – Chapter 11: If You Don’t like It Here […] In my first year at Harvard, I vacillated between feeling I was a Greek shipping scion and a penniless writer, and the fact is, I was both. My cousin [Michael, Uncle Manuel’s son], who had been a senior at Exeter when I visited […]

A Visit at Uncle John’s

A Visit at Uncle John’s

Posted by on Ιούλ 14, 2015 in Blogposts, Latest News, Writing | No Comments

First Passage – Chapter 20: Who’s there? Elias, the Kulukundis? At the Athens airport, we met up with my cousin Miles, who had also come to Greece without his parents. Miles had flown via London whereas we flew directly from New York. We all arrived in Athens at roughly the same time, and we were […]

A summer memory

A summer memory

Posted by on Ιούλ 6, 2015 in Blogposts, Latest News, Opinions | No Comments

In the summer of 1974, the failing colonels staged a coup against the Makarios government in Cyprus. The Turks invaded the island.  In Athens, the Junta fell. Ex-PM Karamanlis took over the Greek leadership and called for elections.  The Greek officer corps was restive and there were continual rumors of another coup.  But after the elections, such rumors were no […]

Some thoughts on the Greek referendum

Some thoughts on the Greek referendum

Posted by on Ιούλ 4, 2015 in Blogposts, Latest News, Opinions | No Comments

In 2014, I wrote that to get out of its bind, Greece might have to be willing to leave the Eurozone («Greece–the Open Circle, MR Quarterly, Summer 2014).  The prediction has come true.  Acting in the manner I prescribed, the Syriza government seems to be willing to leave.  That may or may not produce some […]

Escape from Amorgos by Stelios Kouloglou

Escape from Amorgos by Stelios Kouloglou

Posted by on Ιούν 18, 2015 in Blogposts, Latest News | No Comments

  «Escape from Amorgos», is the new documentary by Stelios Kouloglou based on my book «The Amorgos Conspiracy». The documentary was first presented in 17th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in March.                 Here is the trailer: Escape from Amorgos – Kouloglou – Trailer