On "Suddenly" and Summer Squash

But then who can tell what it really is that flickers up there in the dark above the houses--the luminous name of a product or the glow of human thought; a sign, a summons; a question hurled into the sky and suddenly getting a jewel-bright, enraptured answer?-Vladimir Nabokov (Mary)The past week has been a lot…

A Tour of Northern Greece

In beauty of face no maiden ever equaled her. It was the radiance of an opium-dream - an airy and spirit-lifting vision more wildly divine than the fantasies which hovered about the slumbering souls of the daughters of Delos. - Edgar Allen PoeI didn't know what to expect upon my arrival in Greece. So much…

Perfectly Stuffed (Calamari)

The sea, or Homer – all moves by love’s glow.Which should I hear? Now Homer is silent,and the Black Sea thundering its oratory, turbulent,and, surging, roars against my pillow.-Osip MandelshtamA few evenings ago, as I was sitting on my couch trying to get motivated to clean, the phone rang. It was the Greek, wanting to…

Easter on the Spit

Happy was the hunting.-Euripides ("The Bacchae")Yesterday I had my very first Greek Easter; the day was full of roasted lamb, folk music, and a language I don't quite understand. But it was fun, strange, confusing, slightly terrifying (imagine being told that when Greeks try to have their annual festivities, the cops sometimes appear....because passersby think…