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Musing in Athens

Benaki Museum of Athens to Host Sean Scully's 'Doric Order'

Internationally acclaimed Irish-American artist Sean Scully will be presenting his work for the first time to the Greek audience from May 8-July 14, 2012. The exhibition will be hosted at the Benaki Museum (Piraeus Street) in Athens and will...

The Museum of Cycladic Art Presents New Work from Jannis Kounellis

Jannis Kounellis will be exhibiting his new and site specific work at the Stathatos Mansion of the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens from April 5th. Kounellis, one of the most important artists of the Arte Povera movement, left Greece...

Repower Greece: The New Game Plan

My laptop always freezes when I need it most. When Firefox has at least ten tabs open, when Facebook chat has four heated conversations going, when there are six Word documents minimized, and when the one I am furiously...

A Comforting Winter in Greece Amidst The Crisis

When home for the holidays, I initially welcome the onset of New York’s holiday season, but as it progresses, I find myself packing my bags for Timbuktu. Christmas lights, goofy-looking Santa Clauses, and jeering reindeer envelop our neighborhood all...

The Parthenon's Ever-Changing Veneer

The ruins of the Parthenon crown the modern city of Athens with a hazy ambiguity. To the world outside of Athens, the stunning monument identifies the birthplace of Western civilization, reflecting its founding ideals and embodying absolute perfection. It...

The Bone I’d Like to Pick with Greece: Where Have All the Dances Gone?

Every college campus has its local hang-out place. Aside from the fact that this place probably offers the cheapest food around, it is also the place that stays open after everything else has closed, serving irresistibly greasy foods. For...

The Other Side of Athens

To most who arrive in Athens, the city resembles something between a complex of industrial factories, and the dodgy areas of Detroit. Smokestacks shooting out dark clouds pepper the skyline, above the endless maze of concrete and cement. It...

Is the Economic Crisis Partially Rooted in "Philotimo"?

Look up the Greek word philotimo and you will find one of the longest entries in your dictionary. Ask a Greek what he means by philotimo and you will see this dictionary  entry personified. The individual you have chosen...

Time to Clean Up the Garbage and Repower Greece

For two and a half weeks, my commute to work has involved step-stoning through wide expanses of trash. Plugging my nose has become second nature. Like the rest of Athens, I have started to forget that there were once...

When Americans Walk the Streets of Athens…

When Americans arrive in Athens, there are a variety of typical reactions. My, what tiny cars you have! No toilet paper in the toilets- you’re kidding, right? My, I've never smelt more strongly of cigarette smoke! What do you mean, you...