Monthly Archives: January 2017

The concerto as ‘Bildungsroman’

Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto (1909) can be interpreted by both soloist and listener as a supreme Bildungsroman. I become fully aware of this approach when I watch the possessed Daniil turning the concerto into a bravura self-formation. He is enacting … Continue reading

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My auto-bibliographical trajectory [in Greek]

“Books by the bedside”/Βιβλία στο προσκέφαλο is a monthly full-page column in the eminent Greek daily Η Εφημερίδα των Συντακτών where writers “leaf through their ‘autobiographical’ bibliography” to present books that have had a major impact on them.  I am grateful to the … Continue reading

Posted in General Literature, General Philosophy, Hellenism

The friend as teacher

These days many people I respect are arguing that in 2017 we will have an urgent need for old and new friends.  This appeal to a renewed fraternity brings to my mind dear friends, like my “other self.” I never call Pantelis by … Continue reading

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