Category Archives: Friends

Collaborative listening

The major Modernist auditory regime was Adorno’s “structural hearing” where the expert listener “understands what he perceives as necessary” (Introduction to the Sociology of Music [1976], 4-5) while the great work is listening to its fallen singularity. Composers, performers, and … Continue reading

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The Friend and his Beloved

When a close friend talks to me about love in their lives, the world is suspended, and for a while nothing else matters. Pantelis often talks to me with melodic tenderness about the woman of his dreams. He describes her … Continue reading

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“Πώς μιλάμε για την καινούργια ελληνική ποίηση”

Μια διαφορετική προσέγγιση στο μείζον λογοτεχνικό φαινόμενο του ελληνικού 21ου αιώνα: πώς τοποθετούμε, διαπραγματευόμαστε και διαχειριζόμαστε την ποίηση του 2000. Με αφορμή την κυκλοφορία του νέου τεύχους του περιοδικού Θράκα, του οποίου το περιεχόμενο (μελέτες, δοκίμια και ποίηση) είναι ουσιαστικά αφιερωμένο … Continue reading

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Friends making Music together (2)

Dr. Pantelis Polychronidis is a consummate collaborative pianist: He does not accompany fellow musicians but actively works with them to create new music, unique compositions that have not been heard before. This is especially evident in his meticulous work with … Continue reading

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On Not Talking to a Fellow Leftist Friend

Greek leftists will have many reasons to recall the 2010s with disappointment and bitterness but one of their most painful memories will be the breakdown of friendships everywhere inside and around them. Throughout this decade, directly or indirectly, leftists have … Continue reading

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Τhe friend as internal condition of thought

The friend is not an external circumstance but an internal presupposition of all thought as such. This friend, the “other self,” is a philosophical and political condition of thought: He is not the second piano but the second pair of … Continue reading

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The care of the self as care of the “other self”

What is the meaning of Aristotle’s notion of the friend as an “other self”? An etho-centric (as opposed to ego-centric) understanding of the notion, one centered on character, posits that the highest friendship is based on the friend’s valuable traits … Continue reading

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