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Tonight a conversation with Emily Wilson, translator of a beautiful new edition of Homer’s The Odyssey. Feb. 1, 2018

September 13, 2018

I really enjoyed my conversation with Emily Wilson from earlier this year so I thought it was time to air it again.

Bill

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When I was eight years old, my primary school put on a production of a (much-shortened) Odyssey, complete with costumes, song, and dance. The play starred the cute troublemaker in my class as Odysseus, the headmaster of the school as Polyphemus (the one-eyed monster outwitted by his tiny opponents), and me in pigtails as the goddess Athena.

It was a turning point in my life.

from Emily Wilson’s Translator’s Note for The Odyssey

One of the first things I usually ask all my guests on Graffiti is what I call “The life-path” question: “How have you gotten to where you are today?” Or: “Was there something—an event, maybe—that made you want to become a classicist?”

In many cases their first response is that there was no “turning point”, but when pressed (and I do press) there’s almost always “something”—as shown here in Emily’s case—that made them choose the path they…

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A Conversation with Steven Pressfield, author of The Artist’s Journey, August 30, 2018

August 30, 2018

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When I looked over the list of Steve’s 17 published titles I was surprised to realize that this will be either the 6th or 7th time that we will be doing a program together. I was equally surprised to see that our last one—to talk about the publication of his book The Profession—was nearly 7 years ago.

41ItuKMnaKL._SY346_This evening we’ll be talking about his newest book entitled: The Artist’s Journey: The Wake of the Hero’s Journey and the Lifelong Pursuit of Meaning.

When you look at Steve’s list of published books you see that he’s split his time pretty evenly between fiction and non-fiction.

NON-FICTION
The War of Art (2002)
Do The Work (2011)
The Warrior Ethos (2011)
Turning Pro (2012)
The Authentic Swing: Notes from the Writing of First Novel (2013)
The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War (2014)
An American Jew: A Writer Confronts His Own Exile and Identity (2015)
Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is and What You Can Do About It (2016)

FICTION
The Legend of Bagger Vance (1995)                                                                            The-Profession-Cover              Gates of Fire, about the Battle of Thermopylae (1998)
Tides of War, a Novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian War (2000)
Last of the Amazons (2002)                                                                                                                     The Virtues of War, about Alexander the Great (2004).
The Afghan Campaign, about Alexander the Great’s conquests in Afghanistan (2006)                                            Killing Rommel (2008)
The Profession (2011)

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

Click Here for the link to Steve’s website.

Click here for the link to his Wikipedia page.

Click here for the blog entry for Steve’s last appearance on Graffiti back in December of 2011.

A Conversation with Daniel Klein, author of Every Time I Find The Meaning Of Life, They Change It, January 21, 2016

July 3, 2018

I’m sorry but I need to play another repeat. It’s a good one. Daniel Klein is always entertaining.

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ABOUT Every Time I Find The Meaning Of Life, They Change It

Daniel Klein’s fans have fallen in love with the warm, humorous, and thoughtful way he shows how philosophy resonates in everyday life. Readers of his popular books Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . . and Travels with Epicurus come for enlightenment and stay for the entertainment.

As a young college student studying philosophy, Klein filled a notebook with short quotes from the world’s greatest thinkers, hoping to find some guidance on how to live the best life he could. Now, from the vantage point of his eighth decade, Klein revisits the wisdom he relished in his youth with this collection of philosophical gems, adding new ones that strike a chord with him at the end of his life. From Epicurus to Emerson and Camus to the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr—whose words provided the title of…

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A Conversation with Amanda Summer, author of 100 Places In Greece Every Woman Should Go. June 23, 2016.

June 21, 2018

Thanks for tuning in tonight. Sorry that it’s a repeat but I thought this a perfect choice since many of my listeners are probably packing up their suitcases in preparation of the annual pilgrimage back to Greece. For those of you who’ve never been there this will be a good introduction to one of the most wonderful places on this earth. Enjoy!

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With style, intelligence, and personal anecdotes gleaned from years of working in Greece, archaeologist and award-winning writer Amanda Summer is your personal guide to the best of Greece. In crisp and often humorous storytelling she introduces you to the temples, shrines, grottoes, and churches of this magnificent country, intricately weaving in stories of the women—from goddesses of mythology Athena, Artemis, and Aphrodite to goddesses of cinema and the arts Melina Mercouri, Irini Papas, and Maria Callas—who have molded the history and culture of Greece itself.

From the publisher’s website

4764979_origWhile reading 100 Places in Greece… I found myself being transported back to my first trip to Greece in the late 1970’s. Amanda’s words brought back so much of the excitement I felt then as I traveled by foot, bus and ferry from place to place. The thrill of hiking down the Samaria Gorge, exploring the Plaka, taking the funicular to the top…

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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.

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