are like assholes, everybody’s got one' (James Caan in Gardens Of Stone,
Francis Coppola, 1987).
Without necessarily claiming to be one I do think that opinions are here to stay and expressing mine is what this site is all about. Every care is taken not to offend anyone directly, although feeling offended always depends on the offended, not the offender.
On occasion, certain issues might be addressed
that are sensitive enough to evoke anxiety in those concerned.
I do not apologise. This is life. On one side of the planet people measure life by the speed of their
computer’s CPU, and somewhere else kids are having their eyes poked out by
vultures while their mothers are lying dead a few yards away.
At the same time do-gooders give lectures on ‘issues’.
If one can live with that and sleep an easy night’s sleep, then I suppose
this site should present no problem.
Whenever pertinent, a link will point at a photo
to illustrate a point such as the one above. I accept no responsibility for the distress the photos might
cause. Actually it is rather
hypocritical to say that one is distressed by looking at a photograph whereas it
is OK if the photograph is simply not shown. The photographer who took
one committed suicide. I
would have expected the same kind of sensitivity, but not necessarily this
reaction from all those who are ‘distressed’.
Furthermore, this site is bilingual in the sense
that both English and Greek pages exist together but are never presented in both
The reason is that I can express some things better in English and some
others better in Greek. So you read
what you can if you feel like it.
It is true, anyway, that English texts are of ‘general’ interest and Greek texts
are for Greek nationals only in the sense that they pertain to local matters.
structure of the site is always the same and will remain the same for quite some
time. The buttons will always have the same names on them but the
actual contents will change according to my moods and what haunts me at the
This, of course, provided that I do have time to write it all up and post
Some last details.
The image on the opening page, just after the
smoking skull – this is NOT an antismoking site, by the way – is from
Demian by Hermann Hesse, Granada 1981.
I loved the book and I adore the picture.
I did try to trace its creator but I found no mention of who it is in the book
credits. However, I would like to know.
If anyone of you does please send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.
I will greatly appreciate it.
a name I should have heard about at school but never did simply because it was
never mentioned. I did learn it,
though, in the pages of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by
Robert Pirsig, Gorgi, 1984. I thank
you for that and the book itself, Mr. Pirsig.
I do thank you for Lila as well.
Actually Zen would be simply incomplete without Lila.
For madmen only … is from Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse, Bantam, 1981. Phrases like this and others do stay in my mind when I read books, or watch films or listen to some song’s lyrics. Actually you might care to listen to this one: Broken Hearts are for Assholes – Frank Zappa.
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