Crisis Dues

Today at work I learned my pay was being cut by 25%. The CEO had gathered the entire staff in the large conference hall and made the announcement. He said…

Twilight Zone

It was never really much of a main street, just five blocks of shops. Despite its illustrious name, the narrow street was never the kind you walked along but instead…

Tells of Loss

Yannis Kounellis’s untitled site-specific installation now at the Museum of Cycladic Art until September 30th is being presented as a response to the turbulent times in which the Greek people…

It’s Our Party

It was the number that grabbed my attention as I was flipping through the pages of this week’s Athens Voice. 63.  Political positions, that is. “Which of these 63 political…

Wolfgang Mattheuer, Der Koloss II, 1970

A Future Imperfect

When I was living with E & J, we’d talk at breakfast about our dreams. Since we did it so often, we got good at remembering our dreams, and so…

Now and Then

No one explained to me when I was growing up that we were a family of very modest circumstances. Even if they had, I wouldn’t have understood. I never felt…

Ajax the Lesser raping Cassandra. Tondo of an Attic red-figure cup, ca. 440-430 BC.

The Lady Vanishes

This is perhaps not a story of the crisis. But it may be one for the crisis. The crazy old woman who lives across the street from me has gone…

Seeing German

In the autumn of 1930 Edvard Munch executed a series of very unusual drawings and watercolors. All have one thing in common: a stain. In some cases, it is a…