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Tonight I’m having a conversation with Dean Kostos about his newest collection of poetry entitled: Pierced by Night-Colored Threads. October 5, 2017

October 5, 2017


I can’t remember how we met or when we met but suffice it to say that I’ve known Dean Kostos for a good many years now. We’ve had many on-air conversations over the years 6568_100187266664341_100000192032972_2920_2332084_nand tonight’s program will be centered around his newest book of poetry: Pierced by Night-Colored Threads. But instead of me babbling about it here’s a snippet from a wonderful review by Ron Kolm in the on-line magazine, Sensitive Skin:

But Dean’s work is also muscular; it moves with a great gusto, and he uses rhymes the way Spoken Word devotees or rap musicians do, to speed things along. The poem ‘Honi the Circle-Drawer’ jumps from ‘sapphire’ to ‘choir’ and then ‘spires’ and ‘lyre.’ All good words; none of them cheap, none of them wasted. For sheer strength, check out these lines from ‘View from the Country of Setting Sun.’

Half of Janus: Past Face

Scans history’s ruins, dimmed

in extinguished
sun. A hand clasps

a crown encircling
an incinerated skull.

tumblr_oxc0s37rgf1qa7n48o1_250Powerful stuff.


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

CLICK HERE for Dean’s website.

CLICK HERE for Ron Kolm’s review in the On-line magazine SENSITIVE SKIN.




No show…but lots to write about. Including Anna Paidoussi and the tables being turned on me. September 28, 2017.

September 28, 2017


In a perfect universe tonight would be a radio show night for me but ANTHOULA KATSIMATIDIS, my colleague at the radio station and host of the program Color Your Life that alternates with my program, Graffiti, on Thursday nights, asked if we could switch tumblr_owx6nhbbuv1qa7n48o2_540Thursdays. And so we have. That isn’t to say that there’s no news and no stories to share this week. But let’s start with Anna Paidoussi and 40 Years Music & Friendship.

I’ve known Anna all the way back to her days with Annabouboula. What’s Annabouboula you 4777356ask? First off it’s a Greek expression meaning a mixed-up noise, or confusion. Secondly, it’s the name of a great musical group of the late 80’s and early 90’s that road the wave of World Music to great artistic success. I was fortunate enough to have the group on air with me back when I first started doing my show.

UnknownAnna has one of those voices that shakes pillars yet brings tears to the eyes of those fortunate enough to hear it.

Anna’s concert is this coming Sunday, October 1 at 5pm at the Kefalos Society of America; 20-41 Steinway Street, Long Island City, Call 718-545-4900 for Tickets and information. By the way George Sempepos and George Stathos are also going to be on stage on Sunday. Both are former Annabouboula-ians. Hmmm, could this signal the beginning of something?

31doqs7yywl-_ux250_Now for turning the tables. Sunday night at 7pm (Yes, you’ll have to rush from the concert and “fly” home to listen) I’ll be interviewed by John McMullen on The johnmac Radio Show/Podcast. After 25 years of having conversations with dozens upon dozens—maybe even hundreds—of 715388interesting people I won’t be the one asking the questions. John McMullen will venture where no person has gone before…or at least he will on Sunday night when the tables will truly be turned. I have to admit to equal portions of trepidation and excitement. Let’s hope I can be half as interesting as the folks I’ve had the good fortune to talk to over the past quarter century.

CLICK HERE FOR the Annabouboula at wikipedia.

CLICK HERE FOR more info on Annabouboula.

CLICK HERE FOR information about ANTHOULA KATSIMATIDIS (Yikes! She ran off with my night!)

CLICK HERE FOR more information about World Music.

CLICK HERE FOR a “taste” of Anna’s voice with Annabouboula.

CLICK HERE FOR the Annabouboula “page” at Amazon.

CLICK HERE FOR John McMullen’s biography.

CLICK HERE FOR John McMullen’s books available at Amazon.

CLICK HERE FOR the link you’ll need to hear our conversation on Sunday night.

A Conversation with Dr. Katherine Schwab about 21st Century Women and Ancient Greek Tragedy at Fairfield University, Sept. 14, 2017

September 14, 2017


“Why drive myself crazy,” I thought when I looked at the packet of information Katherine Schwab sent to me about the events coming to Fairfield University for 21st Century Women and Ancient Greek Tragedy. So I won’t. Here are the opening paragraphs with all the pertinent information:

21st Century Women and Ancient Greek Tragedy
Fall 2017 Humanities Institute—Quick Center Partnership

       This is a Festival of 21st century women—visual and performing artists, students, scholars, and the larger Fairfield community—responding to Ancient Greek Tragedy in 2017. It is a four-part series of performance, scholarship, and discussion, to be presented in the Kelley Theatre and Wien Black Box Theatre at the Quick Center as the fall semester Global Theatre: A Performance Series. The coordinators are Dr. Marti LoMonaco, Visual & Performing Arts/Theatre, Dr. Katherine Schwab, Visual & Performing Arts/Art History and Classical Studies, and Dr. Sara Brill, Philosophy and Classical Studies.
The Festival is a lively, engaging mode of Core Integration across multiple disciplines— Art History, Classical Studies, English and Comparative Literature, Film, History, Humanitarian Action, JUHAN, Peace and Justice, Philosophy, Studio Art, Theatre, Visual and Performing Arts, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies—that, via its four extra-curricular programs at the Quick Center, also provides excellent living and learning opportunities for residential college, FYE, and students involved in all aspects of the programs. As a featured part of the Quick Center’s Fall Programming, the Festival will also reach the wider university and local communities. Hence, our goal is to engage a wide range of people in the relevance of Ancient Greek Tragedy to contemporary lives, particularly in the challenges faced by women today, which are all too similar to those depicted by male tragedians 2500 years ago.


Dr. Katherine Schwab

There are four components of the Festival:

1) Iphigenia: Book of Change and Dr. Elise Kermani Tuesday, October 3, 5:00 PM, Kelley Theatre, Quick Center. CLICK HERE for more information.


2) Antigone and Theatre Fairfield
Wednesday through Sunday, October 25-29 for 6 performances, Wien Black Box
Theatre, Quick Center (Oct. 25-28 at 8:00 PM and Oct. 28-29 at 2:00 PM). CLICK HERE for more information. 3) Feminism & Greek Tragedy
Thursday, November 2, 5:00 PM, Wien Black Box Theatre, Quick Center. CLICK HERE for more information. 4) Ellen McLaughlin—Keynote address
Thursday, November 2, 8:00 PM, Wien Black Box Theatre, Quick Center. CLICK HERE for more information.41bufzqGruL

CLICK HERE for information about Classics Colloquium: Elise Kermani Film Screening + Talk at Columbia University Friday, October 6, 2017.

CLICK HERE for information about Iphigenia: Book of Change on Facebook.

CLICK HERE to listen to an Interview with Elise Kermani on KXLU – 1/20/2016.

CLICK HERE to read a review of Kermani’s “Iphigenia: Book of Change”.

CLICK HERE for a profile of Katherine Schwab.

CLICK HERE for information about An Archaeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab.

CLICK HERE to read an article about her drawings of the metopes in the new Acropolis Museum as part of the permanent collection.

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

A Conversation with Vicki Vasilopoulos, about her film Men of the Cloth, May 14, 2015

August 31, 2017

Once again I have to admit this is a repeat. It’s a great show though, so enjoy it.


Just My Eyes


MEN OF THE CLOTHis an inspiring portrait of Nino Corvato, Checchino Unknown-1Fonticoli and Joe Centofanti, three Italian master tailors who confront the decline of the apprentice system as they navigate their challenging roles in the twilight of their career. The film unravels the mystery of their artistry and reveals how their passionate devotion to their Old World craft is akin to a religion.

from the Men of the Cloth website

The film will be playing at the AMC Loews Village 7 located at 66 Third Avenue (between 11th and 12th Streets) next Wednesday, May 20th at 7:30pm.

CLICK HERE for Men of the Cloth Website

CLICK HERE for information about tickets for the showing of the film on Thursday, May 20, 2015

CLICK HERE for the long trailer for Men of the Cloth

CLICK HERE for the official trailer for Men of the ClothUnknown

CLICK HERE for a film…

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A Conversation with Philip Freeman, author of Searching for Sappho. May 12, 2016.

August 17, 2017

Sorry to say that once again I’m running a repeat tonight. Actually it’s Styli stuck in the studio that’s running it but since I’m not there in the studio with him it’s only right that I take the hit. With luck I’ll be back in Astoria in September for a NEW edition of GRAFFITI.

Just My Eyes


An exploration of the fascinating poetry, life, and world of Sappho, including a complete translation of all her poems.

For more than twenty-five centuries, all that the world knew of the poems of Sappho—the first woman writer in literary history—were a few brief quotations preserved by ancient male authors. Yet those meager remains showed such power and genius that they captured the imagination of readers through the ages. But within the last century, dozens of new pieces of her poetry have been found written on crumbling papyrus or carved on broken pottery buried in the sands of Egypt. As recently as 2014, yet another discovery of a missing poem created a media stir around the world.

The poems of Sappho reveal a remarkable woman who lived on the Greek island of Lesbos during the vibrant age of the birth of western science, art, and philosophy. Sappho was the daughter of…

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Tonight, a conversation with Jeff Siger, author of Santorini Caesars, the 8th book in the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery Series. Sept. 29, 2016

July 20, 2017

Hello again. Sorry to report that this is another repeat…but it is. Jeff and I always have pretty lively conversations, so please enjoy.


Just My Eyes


Yesterday I sat looking at a blank screen wondering what in the hell I could possibly write that would be new for this blog posting. After all this will be the sixth time I’ve had a conversation with Jeff on my radio show, Graffiti. Besides that we’ve maintained an intermittent e-mail “conversation” for a few years now.

Of course I could write about his newest book, Santorini Caesars, the eighth in the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery Series. Yeah, but I much rather we talked about it on the show.

So there I sat—stumped—as to where to start. Then came the e-mail from Jeff with the information about his Santorini Caesars AUTHOR TOUR.

3 Mykonos Magazine 2008LET ME START WITH WHERE HE’LL BE ON OCTOBER 20th at 6:30 pm.

On October 20th at 6:30 PM Jeff is hosting a Greek-style celebration at MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP, 58 Warren Street, New York, NY, for his eighth…

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Graffiti for July 1, 2010….My Interview with Zachary Mason, Author of “The Lost Books of The Odyssey”

July 6, 2017

Hello again. Sorry to report that this is another repeat…but it is. Zachary Mason is a very interesting fellow, so please enjoy.


Just My Eyes

Tonight on Graffiti I’ll be speaking to Zachary Mason the author of the novel The Lost Books of the Odyssey.

Instead of giving you a lot of material written by me, I’m going to give you the interview with an excerpt from the book, links to a few reviews and a link to the publisher’s page about the book. The publisher’s page has a wealth of material located there including offering an opportunity to listen to the first chapter of the book. Enjoy!

To listen to the interview click here. There is also an excerpt from the book at this site.

To read the NY Times Sunday Review click here.

To read the review in the NY Times by Michiko Kakutani click here.

For the link to the Publishers website click here.

Here’s a review from The Times. The Sunday Times of London. How’s this for a subtitle? A new…

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