Monthly Archives: August 2016

Before and after Minimalism – a playlist

This is a list of 20 compositions with a basic minimalist dimension, written before and after Minimalism became a major musical trend. It is not a list of greats or favorites. It is meant to generate reflection on this compositional … Continue reading

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Why does Greek criticism have a problem with translations of new Greek poetry?

The arrival on my desk of yet another brand new anthology shows that international interest in Greek poetry continues to develop in several languages. Translations appear now regularly in magazines, books, festivals, performances, and other fora. They take the form … Continue reading

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The erotic gaze of the piano player

The playing of pianist Pantelis Polychronidis, my “other self,” reminds me of cultural and psychological associations between the musician and the listener’s body, like the figures in “Titian’s dumbfounding Venus With an Organist and Cupid, dating to 1550-55. Venus lounges … Continue reading

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The Greek Generation of the 2000s and the politics of new European writing

Reading a rich review essay posted today on the current political turn of young European writers I am struck immediately by the similarities of this turn with the politics of the Greek generation of the 2000s. To show how well … Continue reading

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“Deus absconditus” and the emergence of modern radicalism (2)

A very special book that deserves a place among major treatises on Protestant political theology is the post-modern novel Q (1999) by “Luther Blissett,” the nom de plume of four Bolognese post-anarchist activists. It is an absorbing exercise in what … Continue reading

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