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A Conversation with filmmaker, programmer and pundit Andrew Jupin about the Jacob Burns Film Center’s “After Dark Halloween Marathon”, the films of Yorgos Lanthimos and the future of movies. Oct. 30, 2014

October 30, 2014

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Tonight will be a fun night. It’ll be a chance to talk about one of my most favorite things in the world: Movies.

Andrew Jupin wears many hats: Filmmaker, Programmer at the Jacob Burns Film Center, Comedy 4732297438_0fdd60cc9a_zsketch artist and Pundit. He, along with a group of buddies, have been doing the We Hate Movies Podcast for years. They will be a featured part of the “After Dark Halloween Movie Marathon” that will start at 10pm Halloween night and run for 12 glorious hours.

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We’ll also try to squeeze in a conversation about the films Dogtooth and Alps by the Greek filmmaker Yorgos AfterDark_halloween_marathon_vertical_150x9000Lanthimos. Films I originally saw at JBFC.

CLICK HERE for the Jacob Burns Film Center website.

CLICK HERE for the After Dark Halloween Movie Marathon promo video.


A Conversation with Jeff Siger, author of “Sons of Sparta”, October 16, 2014

October 16, 2014


For Chief Insp. Andreas Kaldis, interacting with known crime boss Orestes is just another day at the office in Siger’s perfectly plotted sixth mystery set in Greece (after 2013’s Mykonos After Midnight). But for Special Crimes Division detective Yianni Kouros things get a little too personal when a beloved relative, Uncle, drives his car off a cliff on the road to Cape Tenaro. Even though Uncle had “retired” from running his own crime syndicate for a decade, he was knee-deep in a land deal that’s beginning to smell fishier than a net full of sunbaked sea bass. Of course, Uncle’s demise puts the kibosh on that deal, and the intrepid detectives must figure out who benefits from the old man’s death before Kouros’s cousins revive ancient family feuds. Siger’s paints travelogue-worthy pictures of a breathtakingly beautiful—if politically corrupt—Greece. (Oct.)    From the Publishers Weekly starred review.

Tonight Jeff and I will be talking about his newly published book, the 6th in the Andreas Kaldis series, 10b0c1771e910a22d17a92.L._V184014350_SX200_Sons Of Sparta.

If you listened to last year’s conversation when Mykonos after Midnight was released, you’ll remember that we went off on some very interesting tangents. So listen in tonight to see where our conversation may lead us.

CLICK HERE for Jeff’s website.

3 Mykonos Magazine  2008CLICK HERE for Jeff’s blog entry: How and Why to Find Joy in Writing.

CLICK HERE for Murder is Everywhere Blog.

CLICK HERE for a number of reviews by readers at GOODREADS.

CLICK HERE for information about Jeff’s appearance at Mysterious Bookshop (Keep scrolling down and you’ll find the listing).

CLICK HERE to listen to our conversation from September 2013.

Tune in to WNYE, 91.5 fm, tonight at 7pm to listen to our conversation. Or click here to listen to it as it streams live over the internet.

An Evening of the poetry and lyrics of Nikos Gatsos, October 2, 2014

October 2, 2014

images-2 Tonight Anna Eliopoulos and I will be reading the poetry and lyrics of one of Greece’s great poets, Nikos Gatsos. We’ll also be playing some of his music sung by Mario Frangoulis & Eleni Peta and others.

UnknownCLICK HERE to watch/listen to Mario Frangoulis & Eleni Peta sing Aspro Peristeri (White Dove)

CLICK HERE to watch/listen to Mario Frangoulis & Eleni Peta sing Tora pou pas stin xenitia (Now that You’re Going to that Foreign Place)

CLICK HERE to watch a 9 minute (English language) video of Nikos Gatsos. images-3

CLICK HERE to watch/listen to a segment of Hadjidakis/Gatsos/Farantouri – Amorgos

CLICK HERE to watch/listen to George Dalaras sing ΔΩΣΤΕ ΜΟΥ ΜΙΑ ΤΑΥΤΟΤΗΤΑ (Give Me an Identity Card)

CLICK HERE to watch/listen to Vicky Mosholiou sing εμείς που μείναμε (We Who Survived)

CLICK HERE to watch/listen to Mario Frangoulis sing Nights in White Satin with Justin images-5Hayward of the Moody Blues

CLICK HERE to read the poems and some of the lyrics of Nikos Gatsos

CLICK HERE for an article about how the poetry of Gatsos and others has gotten into the London Underground

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to us as we talk about Nikos Gatsos on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or CLICK HERE to listen on-line at the HPR website

A Conversation with Natalie Haynes, author of “The Furies”, Sept. 25, 2014

September 25, 2014


Tonight I’ll be talking to Natalie Haynes, one of the most productive human beings on the planet, about her new19286509 book, The Furies, recently published here in the States by St. Martin’s Press.

supportusI’m not kidding when I say she’s one of the most productive people on earth. In the UK she produces radio documentaries and appears on a number of programs including: Women’s Hour; A Good Read; What’s the Point of… (I like that title); Quote, Unquote; Wordaholics and the 7th Dimension.

Natalie’s also written the award winning children’s book, {F3348B22-0C04-49F5-ACFE-D03838058033}Img400The Great Escape. She’s a journalist, does TV and stand-up comedy.

She’s also a classicist. Three years ago she appeared on GraffitiTAGTML_cover2 to talk about her THEN new book, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life.

Natalie is also a judge for the prestigious Man Booker Prize and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Orange Prize.

She’s also a very funny and extremely intelligent person so tune in to WNYE, 91.5 fm, tonight at 7pm to listen to our conversation. Or click here to listen to it as it streams live over the internet.

Click here for Natalie’s video entitled: Natalie Haynes on Comedy in Class.

A Conversation with the playwright, Michael A. Jones, author of “Angela’s Justice”, August 21, 2014

August 21, 2014


“Angela’s Justice” is set in a fictitious place in 1970. It is an adaption of Sophocles’ “Antigone” and an homage to Angela Davis, wherein Angela is determined, by any means necessary, to get her brother properly buried. The piece takes a play that was written over 2000 years ago and transforms it into a modern-day cultural piece by melding the spirit of Antigone and Angela.

Two more performances of “Angela’s Justice” are scheduled: Saturday, 8/23 @ 5:00 PM, and Sunday, 8/24 @ 8:00 PM

Dream Up Festival tickets are $12-$20. Tickets are now on sale by calling smarttix (212) 868-4444 or at the Dream Up Festival website.

All performances will take place at Theater for the New City at 155 First Avenue (corner of E. 10th Street, East Village) New York, NY 10003.

Michael A. Jones is an actor/writer/
He has performed in plays such as August Wilson’s Women, 365 Plays/365 Days, Two Gentleman of Verona, Black Girl, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His films include, “No Tips; No Love,” “A House with Many Windows,” and “An Unremarkable Life” (with Charles Dutton).

His writing credits include the plays, “It Takes a Village to Raise…Hell,” “Soiled Wings,” “Blood,” “Family Matters: A Play about Prostate Cancer,” “One Love,” and “Josh: The Black Babe Ruth,” which was produced at Woodie King, Junior’s New Federal Theatre. He has written the screenplays, “Making Copies in Harlem,” “Where’s the Beef?” and “Love and Bondage: Sex and Genocide.” He was commissioned to write, “The Skin I’m In” a play that is touring the New York Public Schools. He is a founding member of the Uptown Playwrights’ Workshop.

A Conversation with Kristie Macrakis, author of “Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda”, August 7, 2014

August 7, 2014


Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies
is a book about concealing and revealing secret communications. It is the first history of invisible writing, uncovered through stories about scoundrels and heroes. Spies were imprisoned or murdered, adultery unmasked and battles lost because of faulty or intercepted secret communications. Yet, successfully hidden writing helped save lives, win battles, and ensure privacy; occasionally it even changed the course of history.

From the Yale University Press catalog copy

CLICK HERE for Kristie’s website.

CLICK HERE Kristie’s Video Challenge.51Ep64SqeFL._AA160_

CLICK HERE for the Yale University Press catalog information.

CLICK HERE Kristie’s presentation on C-SPAN.

CLICK HERE to listen to Kristie’s conversation with Ira Flatow on “Science Friday”.

CLICK HERE to read the review in The Kirkus Review.

A Conversation with poet, Nicholas Samaras, author of “American Psalm, World Psalm”, July 24, 2014

July 24, 2014


These psalms are meditative poems, poems that in many cases could be spoken as prayers. In all cases they are poems that speak to the human heart.

Glynn Young from review of American Psalm, World Psalm in Tweetspeak


Nicholas Samaras’ background is multinational and multicultural. Born in Foxton, Cambridgeshire,image001-2 England, living there and on the island of Patmos, Greece, he has lived in Greece, England, Wales, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Israel and thirteen states in America. He writes from a place of permanent exile. His individual poems have been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, and many other publications. Fellowship Awards include the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Lilly Endowment Foundation, etc. His first book of poetry, Hands of the Saddlemaker, received the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. American Psalm, World Psalm (Ashland Poetry Press) is his second 1494860collection.


CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO the publisher’s page for American Psalm, World Psalm.


CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO Kasey Erin’s review of American Psalm, World Psalm in the Adirondack Review.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO Glynn Young’s review of American Psalm, World Psalm in Tweetspeak.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO the publisher’s page for Hands of the Saddlemaker.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO our conversation back on April 19, 2012.


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