Titans in the Lagoon, part II, by Marco LoVerso   > read more...


Wednesday 23 July 2014

"Let’s remember that Venice is a fish, after all. She sprang from the lagoon like a miraculous birth. If she is to swim freely, her waters must be respected and protected. How can we allow these titans of steel and smoke to threaten the vitality of the most original city in the world?”

Titans in the Lagoon, part I, by Marco LoVerso   > read more...


Wednesday 23 July 2014


The chances of an oversized vessel getting into trouble increase markedly, as is evidenced by some thrillingly close calls, such as the Mona Lisa incident.

My Life Among the Ruins, Part III, by Kenneth Radu   > read more...


Friday 11 July 2014

All along I have been led to believe that New York or Toronto or Montreal or Paris is the centre of the known universe, when it is really this egg-shaped boulder on a mountainside in Greece.


The Temple of Apollo, Bassai

My Life Among the Ruins, Part II, by Kenneth Radu   > read more...


Thursday 10 July 2014


Hermes and the Infant Dionysos

One is always tempted to go naked in Greece: heat and history seem to demand it, and Irving Layton probably did, even though in the first Olympic games athletes wore protective jock straps, nudes on vases notwithstanding. 

My Life Among the Ruins, Part I, by Kenneth Radu   > read more...


Wednesday 9 July 2014


The Erechtheion 

The Acropolis can lead to poetry or hallucinations of deities. I failed to see divinity, but I absorbed the beauty of the Erechtheion, especially the six caryatids forming the Ionic columns of its so-called Porch of the Maidens. Absorption seems the accurate term. 

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