A Summer Memory – Meeting the Dream

A Summer Memory – Meeting the Dream

Posted by on Αυγ 10, 2015 in Blogposts, Writing | No Comments

I am writing this by the waterfront on the island of Patmos, while I wait for a ship to return to Syros. It is that sultry hour of the afternoon, when the cicadas compete with the motrscooters to see who can make the most noise. Sitting in a cafe nursing a peach-iced tea, a modern […]

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 […]

Mario Draghi and the Greek «accident»

Mario Draghi and the Greek «accident»

Posted by on Ιούν 2, 2015 in Blogposts, Latest News, Writing | No Comments

In Greece’s negotiations with the eurozone, the man to watch is Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank, not Tsipras or Merkel. Even if Greece should default on a payment to the creditors, it still cannot be expelled from the eurozone. The only way that could happen would be if its banks failed, and […]

Escape from Ideology

Escape from Ideology

Posted by on Μαΐ 12, 2015 in Blogposts, Latest News, Writing | No Comments

George Mylonas, who escaped from detention on Amorgos under the junta, remained a prisoner of his ideology. By refusing to join a coalition of national unity under former Prime Minister Karamanlis, he gave up an opportunity to help Greece shake free of the Junta five years early because he was afraid to be criticized by […]

Why I write…

Why I write…

Posted by on Ιούν 18, 2013 in Writing | One Comment

Why I write… No one writing in English could possibly take up the question, “Why I write,” without referring to George Orwell, who wrote a famous essay by the same name. I admire Orwell’s ability to see things as they are, independently of ideology or prejudice. When George Orwell answered the question “Why I write?” […]