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Madeline Miller…again! A repeat of the conversation I had with her back in December 2012 about her then bestselling book: The Song of Achilles. May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

tumblr_me7b9jumaR1qg9lnio1_500Two weeks ago as I prepared for my conversation with Madeline Miller about her new book, Circe, I went back and listened to the program we recorded back on December 13, 2012.

I’d forgotten what a great show it was and how comfortable we were talking to one another. So upon realizing I’d be away for this week’s show because of the long holiday weekend, I decided to blow the dust off of this program and play it again.

I hope you enjoy listening to it again as much as I did when I reacquainted myself with it a fortnight ago.

Tune in tonight at 7pm at our website CosmosFM.org or on the radio at WNYE, 91.5 Madeline_Miller_-_Kolkata_2013-02-03_4377_Croppedfm…or use the TUNEIN app on your smart device.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK FOR the Wikipedia entry for Madeline Miller.

Click here for Madeline’s Website.

If you want to know more about Madeline’s newest book Circe please check out my previous blog entry.

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A Conversation with Madeline Miller, Author of “Circe”. May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018

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” A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story, Circe manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right.” — Alexandra Alter, New York Times

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult circe_mapcraft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

from the publisher’s website

Madeline Miller has won the Orange Prize for fictionI can’t begin to tell you how entertaining this book is…to find out you’ll have to read it yourself.

Tune in tonight at 7pm at our website CosmosFM.org or on the radio at WNYE, 91.5 fm…or use the TUNEIN app on your smart device.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO our last conversation back in December of 2012.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK FOR the publisher’s page for Circe.

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CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK FOR the Wikipedia entry for Circe.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK FOR the Wikipedia entry for Madeline Miller.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK FOR an audio adaptation of Circe.

 

 

 

Tonight, a conversation with the filmmaker, Konstantinos Kambouroglou and producer, Heather Greer about their documentary: How to Steal a Chair. March 26, 2018

April 26, 2018

848-image1One of the great things I like about doing the radio show is following the progress of a project or someone’s personal journey. With Konstantinos Kambouroglou I’ve been able to do both in the long and short term. Long term because I’ve known Konstantino for 20+ years and being friends for that long I’ve been fortunate to see him grow as a person…from a student, through marriage and becoming a father (twice over) to becoming a filmmaker—at first filming projects for others—to making “How to Seal a Chair” his first feature length documentary.

Tonight he and the films producer, Heather Greer, and I will be talking about the things13239017_1547849385511174_1188945112417342712_n that have happened with the film since that last time we talked back in February 2017—and again, briefly during fundraising last month. Much has happened since then and much will be happening in the very near future. So as I always at the end of the show’s intro.: “Stay tuned”.

Tune in tonight at 7pm at our website CosmosFM.org or on the radio at WNYE, 91.5 fm…or use the TUNEIN app on your smart device.

CLICK HERE FOR the link to the blog entry for the show we did back in February 2017.

CLICK HERE FOR the link to the blog entry for the show we did last month.

CLICK HERE FOR the How to Steal A Chair website.

CLICK HERE FOR the How to Steal a Chair Facebook page.

Their Twitter handle is: @howtostealachair

 

 

 

Tonight, a conversation with Michele Poulos: Poet, Screenwriter and filmmaker. Her most recent film is A Late Style Of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet. April 12, 2018

April 12, 2018

aeffabde02007a525d60935e3fd28ea5Black Laurel has at its center poems that reveal and explore issues related to my identity as a Greek-American writer, discovering the connections that link to the past and present of both Greece and America. Many of the poems work to achieve a layered understanding of a history that has both individual as well as a broader cultural meanings. In thinking about fire and my own collection, some of the poems were written in Greece while others were inspired by the stories I heard from my family—stories dating back to WWII and earlier. For example, one of the poems, “Before My Mother Set Herself on Fire,” was inspired by the story of when the Nazis burned down my relative’s house, and the poem, “When the Wind Falls” reveals the true story of the time a Nazi fighter pilot fired shots at my three relatives (they’re siblings) when they were children—they were forced to seek refuge behind a rock while the pilot searched overhead for them.

from interview in Superstition Review: an online literary magazine

Michele Poulos’s first feature-length documentary film, A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet, had its world premiere at the 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival in October. The film is an official selection at seven more film festivals including the 2017 Palm 1d3d75fbf011efa391a11d87a9fc0289Beach Int’l Film Festival and the 2017 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. She is an award-winning poet, screenwriter, and filmmaker. She holds a BFA in filmmaking from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, an MFA degree in poetry from Arizona State University, and an MFA in fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her first full-length collection of poems, Black Laurel, was published by Iris Press in March 2016. Her screenplay, Mule Bone Blues, won the 2010 Virginia Screenwriting Competition, and it made it to the second round of the 2017 and 2015 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and f7c6215e794f8a24d4ba0df70182df18the second round in the 2010 Austin Screenplay Contest. She just completed writing two feature-length comedies: GIMME KEYS! that takes place in Greece, and B-MORE that was co-written with a stand-up comic about a stand-up comic. She is currently writing two more screenplays: an animation and a mystery about a young photographer.

CLICK HERE FOR Michele’s website.

CLICK HERE FOR the link to Michele’s FB page.fcfcb875b2e0bf8eab1ccc316b3b22fd

CLICK HERE FOR the trailer for A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet.

CLICK HERE FOR “A Radical Empathy” an Interview with Michele Poulos.

CLICK HERE FOR Everything is required: a Normal interview with Michele Poulos.

 

 

Tonight a conversation with Panio Gianopoulos about his new book of stories entitled: How to Get into Our House and Where We Keep the Money. Oct. 26, 2017

March 29, 2018

Sorry for the repeat tonight but it’s a really good show.

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Panio Gianopoulos is the author of the story collection, How to Get Into Our House and Where We Keep the Money, and the novella, A Familiar Beast.

His stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in Tin House, Northwest Review, Salon, The Rattling Wall, Chicago Quarterly Review, Big Fiction, The Brooklyn Rail, Catamaran Literary Reader, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Award for Non-Fiction, he has been included in the anthologies The Bastard on the Couch, Cooking and Stealing: The Tin House Non-Fiction Reader, and The Encyclopedia of Exes.

from Panio’s website

Tonight I have the good fortune of having a conversation with Panio Gianopoulos about his wonderful collection of stories: How to Get Into Our House and Where We Keep the Money.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with…

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Tonight, once again, we’ll be fundraising but there may be a mystery guest or two stopping by to say “hello”. March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018

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I’m not going to tell you who the mystery guest or guests may be but I’ve had the good fortune to know one of them for almost as long as I’ve been doing Graffiti…and that, my friend, is a loooooooooooooooooong time.

supportusSo tune in tonight at 7pm at 91.5 on your radio dial or at Cosmos.FM.org or at TUNEIN on your smart device.

Yes it is fundraising time again so call in and pledge. You probably know the number by now but if it’s slipped your mind here it is again: 718-204-8900. That number again: 718-204-8900. Call! Pledge!

CLICK HERE FOR THE COSMOS FM FUNDRAISING PAGE.alexander-234x300

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PROGRAM.

CLICK HERE FOR…

And remember to call and pledge…718-204-8900.

Tonight we’ll be fundraising but I’ll also be talking to my friend, the artist, Viktor Koen about his TEDxTalk in Scarsdale on March 11, 2018.

March 1, 2018

Artist and Educator
Viktor Koen is an award-winning illustrator, educator, designer, and TED speaker whose artistic works are regularly featured in national and international books and publications from Rolling Stone to ESPN. Koen’s passion for art drives him to teach others about his motives and inspire people each and every day with his wild creations and compelling speeches.

From the TEDxScarsdale website

 

Viktor and I have been friends for 20+ years now and he never stops amazing me. If you follow him on Facebook you are treated, every few days, to a new piece of art that will grace the cover of some big circulation magazine or the front page of the NYTimes business section or some obscure publication that deals with brain chemistry. It’s always an adventure.

I will be the first to admit to some jealousy. TED is one of a growing number of places on the internet where you can communicate new and interesting ideas. One of the first blog entries I wrote for JUST MY EYES way back in 2009 was about TED. TED, as I said earlier, is now just one of many but it is also one of the earliest and most well-known and I’ve always wanted to do one.

REMEMBER: OUR PRIMARY GOAL TONIGHT IS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR HELLENIC PUBLIC RADIO/COSMOSfm so call right now and pledge 718-204-8900.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Viktor Koen and help out the fundraising campaign 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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE TEDxScarsdale website.

CLICK HERE FOR to watch an earlier TEDTalk Viktor gave in Athens.

CLICK HERE FOR Viktor’s website
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