Category Archives: Books

Michalis Katsaros, 4 and a half poems in translation

from the collection “against sadducees” as a tribute to a poet in revolt. I WILL WAIT FOR YOU I will wait for you until the terrifying midnight indifferent – I have nothing else to declare anymore. The malicious wardens are … Continue reading

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The Pimp

Pimp: The Story of My Life is an intimate writing by Iceberg Slim who was a notorious American procurer in the 60s. What got my attention was a stirring story brought up by the comedian Dave Chappelle in his recent stand-up special. He used this story to explain … Continue reading

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A tribute to the physicist Stephen Hawking

I remember my uncle bought for me “The Universe in a Nutshell” by Stephen Hawking when I was in high school and I still haven’t finished it! But this needs to change. Since I don’t have that edition here and quite frankly … Continue reading

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Στη Χώρα του Περίπου, ένα ελαφρύ χρονικό εύγλωττου κυνισμού του Τάκη Θεοδωρόπουλου

Ας κάνουμε ένα ευχάριστο διάλειμμα από τη βαριά φιλοσοφία. Το βιβλιαράκι “Η Χώρα του Περίπου” έφτασε στα χέρια μου εντελώς τυχαία πριν ένα χρόνο, όπως τυχαία άρχισα να το διαβάζω προχτές καθώς τακτοποιούσα τη βιβλιοθήκη μου και το βλέμμα μου … Continue reading

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The Myth of Sisyphus, a lively introduction to the absurd (Part 1)

  There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. There is probably no better introductory sentence than the above. The … Continue reading

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Οι δύο Θεσσαλονίκες του Νίκου Καββαδία

Πρόσφατα έλαβα αυτό το δωράκι, τις τρεις ποιητικές συλλογές του Νίκου Καββαδία και το (απαραίτητο) ερμηνευτικό γλωσσάρι. Είναι αξιοσημείωτο παρόλο που ο Ποιητής ταξίδεψε πολύ, έχει αφιερώσει δύο ποιήματα στη Θεσσαλονίκη. Ακολουθούν λοιπόν – συγχωρείστε την έλλειψη πολυτονικού – μαζί … Continue reading

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The Gambler, a first encounter with Dostoevsky

I have heard a ton of things about Dostoevsky but never had the chance to read him myself. Time has now come with one of his smaller works and a quite personal too. People have been telling me ‘Read it, … Continue reading

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Exile and the Kingdom, 6 short stories after the Fall

Where is your exile? Where is your kingdom? You might find yourself in one, yet it feels like the other. If you miss the Fall, Albert Camus has six shorter, less known stories to share with you. Coming from the … Continue reading

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The Fall, a Dramatic Monologue

Some were dreadfully insulted, and quite seriously, to have held up as a model such an immoral character as A Hero of Our Time; others shrewdly noticed that the author had portrayed himself and his acquaintances. … A Hero of … Continue reading

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Animal Farm, a Fairy Tale

It’s a classic along with 1984, it is thoroughly debated long since published in ’45, its quotes pervades everyday language, it’s a powerful and gloomy metaphor for the fate of societies wherever absolute equality was forcefully imposed. I have seen the film and actually … Continue reading

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