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

May 11, 2017

Hi. Tonight’s show is a repeat but my next one, May 25, will be brand-spanking new…so stay tuned.

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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…

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Tonight, a conversation with the Professor Karen Van Dyck, editor of Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry. March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017

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Whenever I have the good fortune to speak to one of the world’s foremost translators I always think of the story told to me many years ago by a poet who was having her English language poetry translated into Greek. She told me how she’d called up the man who was translating a number of her poems and when he got on the phone he seemed to be both elated and deflated at the same time. When she asked him what the problem was he took in a deep breath then sighed and said that he’d written the most beautiful poem that day.

“So why are you so sad?” she asked.

“Because it isn’t mine…it’s yours.” he replied.

Translators have a most unique, and more often then not, thankless job. They must take a work of art and transform it into a “work of art”. All the while they have to walk the fine line between creating something new and making sure the intent, the passion and the art of the original creator somehow remains intact. They must be masters of an art and a craft.

s200_karen.van_dyckTonight I’ll be speaking to Professor Karen Van Dyck one of the great translators working in the field today. We’ll touch on the art/craft of translating (How can I not talk about it when I have someone of her magnitude on?) but our main focus will be the recently published volume she edited entitled: Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry.

Years ago when The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present was published I spoke to Peter Constantine about the book that he and a few others including Professor Van Dyck edited, and somehow we got onto the topic of what he found exciting in literature at that time and he article-2160433-13A1A0B7000005DC-119_638x316said, without hesitation, the poetry coming out of Greece by new, young writers.

Now we have a volume of that work available to us.

Professor Van Dyck and a number of the poets will be at the McNally Jackson BookstoreAusteritySlider next Tuesday, March 21 at 7pm to discuss the book and their work. Please Click here for more information about the event.

But, of course this is still our spring fundraiser. Please tune in and listen to what will no doubt be a fascinating discussion about the voices heralding the new poetry coming out of Greece but also take the time, when we break to remind you, to call in and pledge whatever amount you can. These are hard times. Austerity measures must be taken but if you can afford five or ten dollars please take the time to call and help us out. Our number is 718 204 8900. Or click here to go to a “Donate” page on our website.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Professor Van Dyck on Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the CosmosFM website. Or use the TuneIn app on your smart device.

0f5f77a9250a1f4e4253a9df7aee3615c625d6b6Also tomorrow night, March 17, is St. Paddy’s day AND it’s also the Open Mic at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY.

We start around 7:30 so please be on time so f071dd6d5d2a630b1ad944fd43c169e581ea1222you can sign up to read.

All genres are welcome: fiction, non-fiction, poetry…music, comedy, storytelling.

There is a 5 minute limit for your reading.

Suggested donation $5.

Hudson Valley Writers Center
(914) 332-5953
info@writerscenter.org

 

 

Tonight a Repeat of the conversation I Had with Amanda Summer, Author of 100 Places In Greece Every Woman Should Go, Last summer. February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017

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Two things brought me back to this program. First, as I was preparing for my “Year End Wrap-up” show a few weeks ago I listened to this show again and really enjoyed it. Second, her name: Summer. I don’t know about you but I’m ready for some sun and someget-attachment-3.aspx warm weather. It’s not been a bad winter, in fact it’s been a fairly easy one…even so I’m ready.

Click here if you’d like to see the original blog entry for this program.

0f5f77a9250a1f4e4253a9df7aee3615c625d6b6Also I want to remind you that this Friday, February 17, is the third Friday of the month and that means it’s Open Mic Friday at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center located right on the eastern shore of the mighty Hudson River in Sleepy Hollow NY.

Here’s some more info:

February 17 is OPEN MIC Friday at the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

All genres welcome—fiction, non-fiction, poetry…music, comedy, storytelling.

Please be on time to sign up for your slot. There is a 5 minute limit for your reading.

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Susan Cossette Eng will be the evening’s featured artist and will open the evening with a 15 minute reading from her recently published book of poetry: Peggy Sue Messed Up…and other poems.

Please be on time.

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Hudson Valley Writers Center
300 Riverside Drive
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
(914) 332-5953
info@writerscenter.org

Please forward this on to anyone you know who may be interested…and maybe even some who won’t be. You never know….

We want to thank the folks at Coffee Lab Roasters in downtown Tarrytown (7 Main Street, 914-332-1497) for their continued support. If in the area and in need of a cup of coffee please support them as generously as they are supporting us.

Tonight, a conversation with the filmmaker Konstantinos Kambouroglou about his recently completed documentary: How to Steal a Chair. Feb. 2, 2017

February 2, 2017

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On May 26 of last year we aired the first of two conversations I had with Konstantinos Kambouroglou about the film he was then working on entitled: How to Steal a Chair.

13239017_1547849385511174_1188945112417342712_nWe talked about what the film was about; why he wanted to do it; why he was the person best-suited to do it and the many, many facets and difficulties of making an independent film…especially a documentary.

Konstantinos has now finished the film so I thought it would be a good time to see what the toll was. I don’t mean dollar-wise…but what was the cost to him personally. Is his dream still intact or has the emotional toll been too great?

How often do you get a peak into an artist’s soul?

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Konstantinos on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website. You can also use the Tune-in App on your smart device.

CLICK HERE to go to the blog entry for last year’s program that aired on May 26.13230253_1546416362321143_1022148870747197908_n-1

CLICK HERE to go to the blog entry for last year’s program that aired on June 9, 2016.

CLICK HERE for the How to Steal a Chair FB page.

CLICK HERE for the link to the IFP page.

Tonight’s program is a recap of Graffiti for 2016. Jan. 19, 2017

January 19, 2017

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To prepare for tonight’s show I went back and listened to each one of them again. I was pleased to hear that, for the most part, they held up well. I won’t take any bows for this…yes, I played my part but so many elements go into producing a radio show. First and foremost is the subject. If you don’t have an interesting topic and a guest who can talk about it, well, bring out the black crepe, it’s going to die.

I want to thank all my guests this year: Daniel Klein, Jeff Siger (twice), Konstantinos Kambouroglou, Philip Freeman, Amanda Summer, Meg Cotner, Alexandros Megas, The Raiders guys…Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, John Sazaklis and Viktor Koen.

I also want to thank all the behind the scenes folks: Styli, Valia, Panos, Ioanna, Anna, Stelios, Anthoula and a host of others who make up the CosmosFM family.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry for my show with Daniel Klein.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry for my show with Philip Freeman.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry for my show with Amanda Summer.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry for my show with Viktor Koen.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry for my show with Alexandros Megas.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry for my show with Jeff Siger Devil of Delphi.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry for my show with Jeff Siger Santorini Caesars.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry for my show with Konstantinos Kambouroglou Part 1.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry for my show with Konstantinos Kambouroglou Part 2.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry for my show with The Raiders guys…Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry for my show with John Sazaklis.

CLICK HERE for the blog entry for my show with Meg Cotner.

 

Tonight I’ll be talking to Ellen Datlow, Jack Ketchum, Sonya Taaffe, Maria Dahvana Headley and Alisa Kwitney all of whom are contributors to Viktor Koen’s exhibition anthology—and will be participating in a special reading at the closing of BESTIARY: Bizarre Myths & Chimerical Fancies on January 7 at 6pm.

January 5, 2017

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Wow! That has to be the longest title I’ve ever had for one of these postings…and it doesn’t even give the name of the gallery (United Photo Industries Gallery) or the address (16 Main Street #B, DUMBO, Brooklyn). What was I thinking!?

beast-wishes-viktor-koenSo here’s the scoop: Ellen Datlow was asked to get a bunch of writers—24 to be exact—together to contribute to this “one-of-a-kind” exhibition/anthology/catalog. I’ll be talking to her about how she went about doing this. Then I’ll talk to Jack Ketchum who wrote the introduction. Then three of the 24 contributors: Sonya Taaffe, Maria Dahvana Headley and Alisa Kwitney.

I don’t want to waste any more of your time so I’m going to get right the the 14731186_821786114591811_4618711184384265337_nCLICK HERE portion of the blog. Below you’ll find links to each of these contributors websites and a wikipedia entry about the bizarre character they are writing about.

ENJOY!

CLICK HERE for Viktor Koen’s website.

CLICK HERE for the United Photo Industries website.

CLICK HERE for Ellen Datlow’s webpage.

CLICK HERE for Ellen Datlow’s wikipedia entry.

CLICK HERE for Jack Ketchum’s webpage.

CLICK HERE for Jack Ketchum’s wikipedia entry.

CLICK HERE for Sonya Taaffe’s wikipedia entry.

CLICK HERE for Sonya Taaffe’s “Live Journal” page.

CLICK HERE for more about Sonya Taaffe.

CLICK HERE for Maria Dahvana Headley’s webpage.

CLICK HERE for Maria Dahvana Headley’s wikipedia entry.

CLICK HERE for Alisa Kwitney’s webpage.

CLICK HERE for Alisa Kwitney’s wikipedia entry.

CLICK HERE for the wikipedia entry for Empusa.

CLICK HERE for the wikipedia entry for Argus Panoptes.

CLICK HERE for the wikipedia entry for Tiresias.

CLICK HERE if you’d like to read the blog entry for my interview with Viktor Koen concerning the exhibition BESTIARY: Bizarre Myths & Chimerical Fancies shortly before the show opened at the United Photo Industries Gallery in November 2016.

imagesPlease tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with these folks on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website. Or use the TuneIn App on your smart device.

 

A Merry “Graffiti” Christmas, December 25, 2014

December 22, 2016

Tonight’s program will be a re-run of this Christmas program from December 2014. Happy Holidays!

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Tonight’s program is dedicated to kids of all ages.

The following titles are the three books I read from tonight: The Animals’ Christmas by Elena Pasquali, Let’s Celebrate Christmas by Peter and Connie Roop and The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson.

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I’ll be Home for Christmas…Diana Krall
First Noel…Thomas Michael Bernstein with The New York Theatre Orchestra
Its Name is Secret Road…Jan Garbarek
Joy to the World…The American Boychoir
O Come All Ye Faithful…The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Deck the Halls…Thomas Michael Bernstein with The New York Theatre Orchestra100_0527
Santa Claus is Coming to Town…Bing Crosby
Jingle Bells…The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
River…Joni Mitchell
Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep…Diana Krall

Tune in to WNYE, 91.5 fm, tonight at 7pm to listen to this special Christmas program. Sorry there will be no live stream of the show tonight. All…

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