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WHAT I WRITE ABOUT

Opinion

I’ve got lots of opinions.

In the New York Times, I once opined that fast-paced living was key to a better life. I’m not so sure about that now.

In The Australian, I once opined that we can and do control our privacy online. But given developments in privacy since then, I’m not sure sure.

Opinions change. They’re not facts. They’re not even alternative facts. They’re a way of learning about a problem.

I’m drafting a few more… stay tuned.

Greece

From 1998 to 2007, I lived in Greece and worked as a journalist writing about the arts, music, literature, life and travel. I wrote for the Athens News, an English-language newspaper targeting tourists, travelers and the expat community. I wrote for other publications, such as GreeceNow, an online portal, and Odyssey magazine. I also wrote chapters for travel guide Fodor’s Greece.

Here is a PDF bundle of stories written for the Athens News.

Here is a PDF bundle of stories written for Greece Now.

Book Reviews

In recent times, the odd review for the Australian Book Review. In the past, for the Athens News, GreeceNow, and Odyssey Magazine.

Interviews 

I’ve had the opportunity to interview an eclectic group of celebrities, musicians, writers, scientists, and thinkers over the years while reporting and feature-writing for the Athens News (staff for arts and entertainment, plus some lifestyle), the GreeceNow portal (funded in the lead-up to the Greek Olympics), and Odyssey Magazine. The publications have ceased to exist now, with the Athens News closing its doors more recently in 2012.

Great years to be writing about the arts in Greece. I got to write about and in some cases meet and see numerous local and foreign artists, musicians, and writers, including Harold Pinter, Michael Cacoyannis, Vanessa Mae, James Brown, Brian Ferry, Jacques Derrida, Jeffrey Eugenides, Nikos Dimou, as well as countless jazz musicians who visited Athens to play at the Half Note Jazz Club just around the corner from my apartment in Metz. I spent nights listening to the jazz, weekends interviewing, and even becoming friends with some amazing musicians, including Bruce Lester Johnson and Kelvin Sholar.

Miscellaneous writings

Here’s a PDF bundle of all sorts of writings over the years. 

This bundle includes both fiction and non-fiction texts, including poems, a short short story, a prize-winning translation, opinion pieces on technology and the Olympics, feature stories on archaeology, social networks, and Christmas traditions, interviews with Harold Pinter, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Panos Karnezis, and a selection of book reviews.

A SAMPLING OF MY FAVORITE STORIES

Opinion

LAST WEEK, a group of “slow” Italians sauntered onto Union Square in New York to preach the benefits of Slow Living to speedy New Yorkers. According to a Reuters report, the Italian group, the Association of Slow Living, was holding its annual Slow Living Festival in the center of the fastest city in the world. They distributed their “slowmandements,” which advised New Yorkers to stop and ponder, to play games and to refrain from abbreviating when sending text messages, among other things. In short, slow down to live better. With empathetic sincerity, I paused and I pondered: Were I a New Yorker would I really live a better life if I took it slow?

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Feature

HAROLD Pinter was in town this weekend. A select group of Athenians – members of the press, academics, actors, socialites and fans – had the opportunity to meet the master of puzzles up close and personal hoping possibly to decipher the puzzle of the man himself. As Pinter fans we often search for clues about the man in his body of work, but how often do we get a chance to meet the mysterious pen behind the text? The Athens News spent the weekend in search of Harold Pinter.

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Review

SING, O MUSE, of the rage of the daemons, soulless sons of Hellenes, that have brought countless ills upon the Greeks. Sing, O Vrasidas Karalis of your descent into the Greek inferno and of the quarrels that have plagued our citizens. Sing, O brave soul, sing your reports from the Great Devastation. Forgive my classicist sentimentality. How else to begin a review of Karalis’s The Demons of Athens, this auto-ficto-graphical account of his epic return, in medias crisis, to the cherished city of his youth, Athens?

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Feature

BACK AROUND 350 B.C. Archestratus–the the father of gastronomy and author of one of the world’s first cookbooks”–traveled over land and sea with one to eat and how to cook it. Archestratus’s culinary curiosity took him through a all of Greece, southern Italy, and Sicily, the coast of Asia Minor and the Black Sea, and he recorded his findings in classical Greek hexameters that made up a humorous poem entitled Hedypatheia or “Life of Luxury”… Were Archestratus able to travel through time and arrive in Greece today to dine at a taverna or ouzeri, what would impress him?

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