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A Conversation with Jorge Guillermo, author of “Sibyls”, June 26, 2014

June 22, 2017

Hello again. Sorry to report that this is another repeat…but it is. An interesting topic though, so please enjoy.


Just My Eyes


This should be a very interesting conversation about the women who have been gifted (or cursed) with the ability to see into the future.


CLICK HERE for the link to the publisher’s website concerning this book.

CLICK HERE for a video review of this book.

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A Conversation with Margalit Fox, author of “The Riddle of the Labyrinth”, August 15, 2013

June 8, 2017

Sorry to say that this is another repeat…but it is. Margalit is featured in the great new documentary film: Obit. It’s about the obituary department at the NY Times and it is wonderfully entertaining. Who’da thunk. Enjoy.

PS: sorry but some of the links below no longer exist or are terribly outdated. Just goes to show how quickly the cultural landscape can change these days.

Just My Eyes


On March 30, 1900, during the excavation of the Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete, site of the legendary labyrinth from which Daedalus and Icarus took flight, workmen unearthed a clay tablet inscribed with an unknown script. Some of the characters of the script looked like the letters of an alien alphabet, others like alien hieroglyphics. In the following weeks and months workmen unearthed more tablets, several hundred of which had fallen from a floor above into a terra cotta bathtub.

linearbThe tablets contained messages sent from the dawn of history, from before the time of Homer, but they were messages that could not be received. No one knew what language people spoke 30 centuries ago on Crete, and there was no Rosetta stone among the discoveries at Knossos. (There were, however, other enchanting wonders — elaborate lavatories, murals of griffins and dolphins.) For 50 years, the inscriptions…

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Tonight, a conversation with NIKI KAPSAMBELIS author of The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease. May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017


In her debut, journalist Kapsambelis builds a compelling narrative about Alzheimer’s disease around one North Dakota extended family…. In addition to clear discussions of the disease’s history and research, Kapsambelis successfully portrays Gail, Galen, and their extended family as fully fleshed individuals. An educational and emotional chronicle that should resonate with a wide variety of readers.

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

An inspiring race against time: The courageous, hopeful story of the one family who may hold the key to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Every sixty-nine seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Of the top ten killers, it is the only disease for which there is no cure or treatment. For most people, there is nothing that they can do to fight back. But one family is doing all they can.

The DeMoe family has the most devastating form of the disease that there is: early onset Alzheimer’s, an inherited genetic mutation that causes the disease in 100 percent of cases, and has a 50 percent chance of being passed onto the next generation. Of the six DeMoe children whose father had it, five have inherited the gene; the sixth, Karla, has inherited responsibility for all of them. But rather than give up in the face of such news, the DeMoes have agreed to spend their precious, abbreviated years as part of a worldwide study that could utterly change the landscape of Alzheimer’s research and offers the brightest hope for future treatments—and possibly a cure.

Drawing from several years of in-depth research with this charming and upbeat family, journalist Niki Kapsambelis tells the story of Alzheimer’s through the humanizing lens of these ordinary people made extraordinary by both their terrible circumstances and their bravery. Their tale is intertwined with the dramatic narrative history of the disease, the cutting-edge research that brings us ever closer to a possible cure, and the accounts of the extraordinary doctors spearheading these groundbreaking studies. From the oil fields of North Dakota to the jungles of Colombia, this incredible narrative redefines courage in the face of one of the most pervasive and mysterious pandemics of our time.

From publisher’s page


Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Niki Kapsambelis 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 link to Niki’s website.

CLICK HERE for the link to the Publisher’s website.

CLICK HERE for Niki’s Facebook page.

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.

Robert Kennedy, June 6, 1966

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.

Just My Eyes


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


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



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


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.

tumblr_ola78nhgni1qa7n48o1_250Suggested donation $5.

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.

Put the next Open Mic on your calendar: St. Paddy’s Day, Friday, March 17.tumblr_ogph99ioop1qa7n48o1_500

Hudson Valley Writers Center
300 Riverside Drive
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
(914) 332-5953

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


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.