Category Archives: Culture

Trivia games at the Times Literary Supplement

Who reads the TLS?  Who bothers with a weekly edited by the Stig Abells of British publishing?* I do not refer to the small minority of people from the periphery, like me, who are interested in ways in which a … Continue reading

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The Wandering Musician

Perhaps no other genre in classical music is as intensely Romantic as the Wanderlieder cycle, the song cycle depicting the adventurous peregrinations of a young wayfarer.*    Such cycles represent the epitome of 19th century male subject position as poet, composer, … Continue reading

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The protesters’ raised hands

Today, as riot police dispersed the last protesters in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest area, which became an “autonomous zone” for the past two weeks as part of nation-wide protests against police brutality, images of the zone’s creation and operation … Continue reading

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Sheltered listening (Beethoven’s “Archduke Trio” under quarantine)

Why did classical music first, among all the artistic genres, respond with enthusiasm and generosity to the current quarantine, making large quantities of its resources freely and globally available?  Even though it is among the least popular genres, why did … Continue reading

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“Πώς θα εξελιχθεί η ποιητική γενιά του 2000;”

“Εδώ επισημαίνω πως αυτή τη χρονική στιγμή διακυβεύεται το μέλλον της ποίησης του 2000  η οποία εδώ και δυο περίπου δεκαετίες αναζωογονεί ποικιλότροπα την ελλαδική κουλτούρα.” 9 Φεβρουαρίου 2020

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Μαθήματα Μπρεχτ από τις ιστορίες της Φωτεινής Τσαλίκογλου

“Φαντάζομαι μια περφόρμανς όπου συγγραφείς της ποιητικής γενιάς του 2000 παίζουν Μπρεχτικά την κυρία Φι σε αφηγήματα από το διαβρωτικά εποικοδομητικό βιβλίο της Φωτεινής Τσαλίκογλου”.  Εξηγώ εδώ γιατί.  Έχω τη χαρά να συζητώ με τη συγγραφέα παρόμοια θέματα εδώ και … Continue reading

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“Παίζουμε ένα ποίημα;”/10: Μαρουσώ Αθανασίου: “Ασύχαστο” (η μνήμη)

“Ένα έργο τέχνης, λογοτεχνικό ή άλλο, δεν είναι αυτοτελές αλλά επιζητεί διάφορα πεδία πολιτιστικής μνήμης όπου μπορεί να αποκτήσει νόημα.  Η διακειμενική έρευνα που επιχειρώ εδώ παράγει ανοιχτά πεδία όπου καλλιτεχνικά έργα διαφόρων ειδών τοποθετούνται πειραματικά σε δοκιμαστικές σχέσεις έλξης-απώθησης, … Continue reading

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Exiting Greece

Forty years-ago this month, in September 1979, I left my native Greece determined to spend the rest of my life in self-exile.  This was my refusal of nativist normativity, my Non serviam/I will not serve. I was just three years … Continue reading

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Daniel Herwitz: “Politics and the Art of Rumination in William Kentridge”

Is it legitimate to frame an artist’s work around the question of politics, even when political issues are nearly omnipresent in it?  My dear friend and colleague at Michigan, philosopher and cultural theorist Daniel Herwitz, has seen the pair of … Continue reading

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Interpretive and attentive reading as modern spiritual exercises in self-rule

The exercises of interpretation have been one of my central cultural and scholarly interests.  I consider interpretation a major spiritual technology empowering the modern self to practice ethical self-rule as duty and submission.  My studies of classical listening in this … Continue reading

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