Athens insider 138 / May 2018

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A Requiem for a Master Storyteller

John Zervos pays tribute to Philip Kerr, a master of historical detective fiction, and the creator of Bernie Gunther, one of the most endearing, wisecracking detectives in crime writing. In his last book, Greeks Bearing Gifts, published a week after his death in March this year, Kerr leaves behind a compelling spy novel that moves swiftly...

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Mosaic Identities and Curvy Culture

Corfiot resident and cross-culture explorer Richard Pine thinks laterally about the identity debate that has preoccupied much of Greece and suggests embracing a mindful middleway. We should be celebrating much more, and stop feeling sorry for ourselves. Aristotle must take much of the blame for our current gloom. His idea, tha...

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Mrs. Tependris, She’s mine Bitch

Konstantinos Kakanias is back with Mrs. Tependris, his eccentric protagonist in a provocative socio-political exhibition, That's Mine Bitch, Don't Touch Her. Back Off! at the Rebecca Camhi Gallery and at The Kalfayan Gallery. In an interview with Athens Insider in 2012, Kakanias confessed how ‘growing up as a gay boy in Greece, in the ‘60...

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Beauty Happens

Fashion high priestess Suzy Menkes once described him as the man who “turned Grecian folds into 21st-century clothes” and his effortlessly fluid designs are anchored on the principles of complex simplicity and impeccable technique. Angelos Bratis – who worked alongside the likes of Vionnet as head designer and was hand-picked by Giorgio A...

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Corfu Cravings

For almost two decades, the prolific Irish journalist and author Richard Pine was a 'pen pal' to literary legend Lawrence Durrell.  The two writers were united in their passion for words but also shared an unshakeable bond with Corfu. Here, Richard Pine - who has just edited a previously unpublished novel of Lawrence Durrell’s set entirel...

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Memoir: The School of Life

John Zervos’ mid-century Spetses was a Spetses of shipping tycoons, Russian ballet legends, kings and presidents. Here, he shares with Insider his enduring impressions of his boarding school days at the Saronic island’s infamous Anargyrios College, which was modelled on Eton and immortalized in John Fowles' classic 'The Magus'. ...

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Mr. Hospitality: Chrysanthos Panas

He’s been dubbed The Greek Gatsby for his glamorous lifestyle and stellar A-list parties. But it’s in changing the shape and flavour of Athens’ entertainment landscape that Chrysanthos Panas will leave his true legacy, as Amanda Dardanis discovers. Accompanying Chrysanthos Panas for a stroll around his Athens stomping ground i...

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