Travel to Greece to Live History

Growing up in Greece, I was obsessed with tales of the South Seas–Fletcher Christian’s romantic odyssey, standing up for the underdogs at the Bounty, his journey as far as possible from homeland. I wanted to follow in his footsteps, and in the summer of 1995 everything came into place. I had a job in London that allowed me to take… Read More

Julian Lennon: I Wait for Things to Tell Me What to Do

Liverpool-born Julian Lennon had his exhibition, Horizon, opening this week at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in New York. A portfolio of 15 large photographs shot during Lennon’s traveling through Kenya and Ethiopia. It is an awareness-photography series, associated with his involvement in the Water and The White Feather Foundation initiative for Africa. Walking into the gallery, you can’t miss the editing… Read More

Only God Forgives: The Professional Democrat and the Rise of Demopublican Dystopia

The Democratic Party has reached the point of no return in distancing itself from the common people. This trend has been in the works for two decades, but today’s political landscape suggests a Wallshington-funded power race between the Pentagon and Silicon Valley, one that spurs a Demopublican dystopia. “How many professionals are there in your New York office?” Ex-schoolmates often… Read More

Patmos, Payne and Paradoxes

Is there a God? Life after death? An apocalypse in store for us? Age-old questions crossed my mind on the ferry approaching Patmos, the Aegean island reined by a thousand-year old monastery, a fortress that summits the island’s stony landscape and local life. Patmos is mentioned in the Book of Revelation. John the Apostle was here when he got visions… Read More

Costa Manos’ Global Ease

Take a stroll on the second floor of the Benaki Museum in Athens and Magnum photographer Constantine Manos’ exhibition will take you to a world of lost slowness. His peripatetic years in rural Greece among napping herders and thick fishermen are captured in “A Greek Portfolio / 50 Years Later,” an astonishing collection of an ease gone. Or is it?… Read More

Chasing My First Line — From Personal, to Artistic, to Civil Disobedience

A couple of years ago I was offered the chance to salvage the original Beatrice Inn furniture, the nautical-looking sofas that Paul Sevigny used in his infamous Manhattan club between ’06 and ’09. When I mentioned this to Anthony Haden-Guest, a man who defies categorization, he asked me, “Have you seen Visconti’s film The Damned?” Anthony—a British philosopher, art critic,… Read More

Terrence McNally’s Golden Dawn

Some artists never lose their boyish looks. Jonathan Franzen, John Dowd, Terrence McNally—all these men seem to retain those adolescent smiles. As Terrence McNally shakes my hand by the fireplace of his Greenwich Village apartment, his stray-dog eyes instantly accept me. I sense his reassuring look. “My husband, Tom, is a good lawyer,” Terrence says proudly, if shyly, about Tom… Read More

The Art Market’s Dead Reckoning

It was brunch time on a sunny Saturday in New York’s West Village. Julian Schnabel, the celebrated artist and filmmaker, was holding court at Sant Ambroeus’ main table. The larger than life artist, dressed in one of his signature pajamas outfits, was surrounded by seven friends. Schnabel introduced “Paolo!,” his “favorite waiter,” to the crammed table. Rula Jebreal, the stunning… Read More