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H φιλία ως μελέτη βίου

“Για τον Μάνο Ελευθερίου, σε ένα κόσμο άδικο και μια ζωή δίκοπη οι φίλοι είναι το κόμμα, η πατρίδα, η εκκλησία και ο τεκές όπου η συντροφική μελαγχολική αριστερά ασκεί τη δική της αντοχή και αρετή.” 30 Απριλίου 2019 Advertisements

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“Παίζουμε ένα ποίημα;”/4: Μάριος Χατζηπροκοπίου: “Των γυναικών του Κωνσταντή” (πουστιά και ποίηση)

Εδώ συζητώ έναν “πούστικο θρήνο” που δείχνει ότι “η ταυτότητα φύλου είναι θέμα όχι σταθερής ουσίας  αλλά επιτελεστικής διαδικασίας.  Πουστιά, καθώς και ποίηση, είναι ζήτημα περφόρμανς.”   Below (first 32′) is an English-language lecture-performance at Brunel University in London by Dr. … Continue reading

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“The Agonism between Democracy and Sovereignty as the Form of the Political”

My review of the challenging book Stasis before the State:  Nine Theses on Agonistic Democracy (2018) by Dimitris Vardoulakis in the journal of political and social theory Stasis.  I have discussed issues of stasis and agonism in “The Rule of Justice” (1995) … Continue reading

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A disturbance of memory in Weimar (Travels in revolutionary Mitteleuropa, from the Rhine to the Danube/1)

As a Greek, and a native Athenian at that, I have always lived in a sublime Germany of letters, reflections, art, and music.  Its writers and creators have been my mentors and friends.  I have shared their passions and inquiries … Continue reading

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An elegy for the Jewish cultivation of Hellenic self

The enchanting movie Call me by your name (2017) pays a melancholic tribute to a major project of Protestant modernity, the Jewish self-forming engagement with aesthetic Hellenism. The movie, based on André Aciman’s Künstlerromanby the same name (2007), deals with the … Continue reading

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Are there any Greeks in this publication? (3)

A few weeks ago the Times Literary Supplement published a letter about its abysmal coverage of modern Greek literature.  The correspondent complained that they “rarely list Modern Greek poetry and prose.”  I was not surprised that no other letters on this … Continue reading

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“What is trans-national about Greek American culture?”

From a territorial to a “trans-compositional” view of American ethnic life: A short essay on Transnational Greek American Culture December 30, 2016

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